Venezuela's new self-declared president

Is Maduro's dictatorship over?

Although the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela has been ongoing for multiple years, the country has recently been prevalent in the news. Venezuelan’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó has renewed calls for fresh elections, and has claimed Venezuelans have been living under a dictatorship. He has declared himself the interim leader of the country, following protests after Nicolas Maduro began a second term as president earlier this month. UN says over 40 people have died in protests in response to this, which Guaidó called for. Venezuela’s economy has been in freefall for several years with hyperinflation and chronic food shortages, leading to more than 3 million people fleeing the country.

Mr Guaidó has been backed by many countries including the USA, who have declared that they regard him as the country's legitimate president. They have also placed him in control of Venezuela’s US bank accounts, and have taken measures against Maduro. They placed sanctions on the Venezuelan state-owned oil firm PDVSA so Maduro couldn't 'continue to ‘loot the assets of the Venezuelan people' Mr Guiadó says his claim as interim leader is backed up by the constitution, which says that as head of the National Assembly, he is allowed to temporarily assume power when the president is deemed illegitimate. The EU has called for new elections but it is not clear what will happen in Venezuela, and whether Guaidó’s opposition to Maduro will just result in more bloodshed.

Natalia V