Venezuela agents re­lease op­po­si­tion leader Guaido

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Venezue­lan in­tel­li­gence agents have re­leased op­po­si­tion leader and con­gress chief Juan Guaido after briely de­tain­ing him on the way to a po­lit­i­cal rally, a con­gres­sional ofi­cial said on Sun­day.

Guaido on Fri­day said he was will­ing to as­sume the pres­i­dency after the op­po­si­tion de­clared Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro’s sec­ond term to be il­le­git­i­mate.

In­for­ma­tion Min­istry did not im­me­di­ately re­ply to a re­quest for com­ment.

Maduro was sworn in to a sec­ond term on Thurs­day, de­fy­ing crit­ics in the United States and Latin Amer­ica who called him an il­le­git­i­mate usurper of a na­tion where eco­nomic chaos has wrought a hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis.

Guaido, a law­maker from the hard­line Pop­u­lar Will op­po­si­tion party who was elected to head the Na­tional Assem­bly on Jan. 5, said on Fri­day he would only take ofice with sup­port of the armed forces.

Venezuela’ s gov­ern­ment claimed vic­tory on Satur­day in a diplo­matic quar­rel with Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries over a bor­der dis­pute with Guyana, while ig­nor­ing an avalanche of crit­i­cism over Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro’s sec­ond term in ofice.

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