Venezuela’s new congress leader blasts Maduro

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

Venezuela’s op­po­si­tion­con­trolled congress opened its first ses­sion of the year Satur­day, in­stalling a fresh-faced leader who vowed to take bat­tle against so­cial­ist Pres­i­dent Ni­colás Maduro.

Juan Guaido, 35, as­sumes the pres­i­dency of a Na­tional Assem­bly stripped of power by Maduro, whose gov­ern­ment is blamed for lead­ing the once-wealthy oil na­tion into a po­lit­i­cal and hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis.

Guaido listed op­po­nents of Maduro’s gov­ern­ment who have been jailed, driven into ex­ile or killed. He said des­per­a­tion has forced masses of cit­i­zens to flee abroad look­ing for work.

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