Venezuela Presidential Crisis: Who is Juan Guaidó?

Juan Guaidó, president of Venezuela’s National Assembly is now taking the role of the interim president of Venezuela, after thousands of citizens poured into the streets in protest against the illegitimate leader: Nicolas Maduro. The United States and other countries like Canada, New Zealand and the European Union have recognized him on his new role.

Why is he taking the presidency?

Nicolas Maduro was named president in a fraudulent election organized by his own and not by an electoral organism like the constitution says.

Juan Guaidó invoked Article 233, which allows the president of the National Assembly to temporarily assume the presidency of Venezuela in the absence of a legitimately elected president. He also invoked Article  350, that calls on Venezuelans to reject any regime that undermines democracy and the human rights.

According to the country’s constitution, Guaidó, elected by the Venezuelan people, must be in charge since the constitutional period of Nicolas Maduro was over on January 10th. Under Article 231 of the Venezuelan constitution,

“The candidate elected will take possession of the role of President of the Republic on the 10th of January of the first year of its constitutional period, by oath to the National Assembly.”

Juan Guaidó is not planning to hold on the presidency indefinitely. He will set up a transitional government focused in humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan people and he will call for free and fair elections. Meanwhile, the Venezuelans will continue to protest Maduro’s usurpation.

 

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Venezuela’s National Assembly head Juan Guaidó waves during a mass opposition rally, during which he declared himself the country’s acting president on Jan. 23