Leader of Venezuela Congress says he is pre­pared to as­sume pres­i­dency

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CARA­CAS, (Reuters) The leader of Venezuela’s op­po­si­tion-led congress said on Fri­day he was pre­pared to as­sume the coun­try’s pres­i­dency on an in­terim ba­sis and call elec­tions, just one day af­ter leftist Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro was sworn in for a dis­puted sec­ond term.

Juan Guaido, a law­maker from the hard-line Pop­u­lar Will op­po­si­tion party who was elected to head the Na­tional As­sem­bly on Jan. 5, said he would only take of­fice with sup­port of the armed forces. He also called for protests on Jan. 23, the an­niver­sary of the fall of a mil­i­tary dic­ta­tor­ship in 1958.

“It should be the peo­ple of Venezuela, the armed forces, and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity that give us a clear man­date to as­sume” the pres­i­dency, Guaido said in a speech to sup­port­ers out­side the United Na­tions (U.N.) pro­gram of­fice in Cara­cas.

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