When Guaido, the speaker of the National Assembly, proclaimed a rival presidency in January in a bold challenge to Maduro, he injected new hope into Venezuela's fragmented opposition. With most Western nations saying Maduro's reelection last year was rigged, Guaido cited the constitution to announce an interim presidency until fresh elections could be held.
Venezuela settles back into its strange status quo, with the armed forces sticking by Maduro, who won a rigged re-election last year, and the Trump administration standing by Guaido, the lawmaker more than 50 nations recognize as Venezuela’s legitimate leader.
Juan Guaido, the head of the National Assembly, has said the constitution makes him the nation’s rightful leader because Maduro stole his election last year. The US and dozens of other nations recognise him as the president.
The political crisis escalated significantly Thursday when the chief of staff, Roberto Marrero, a lawyer and confidant of Guaidó, was taken from his apartment in southern Caracas around dawn to an unknown destination by armed intelligence officers,
Guaido invoked the constitution in January to assume the interim presidency after declaring Maduro's 2018 re-election a fraud, and has been recognized by dozens of Western nations as the country's legitimate leader.