Head of Venezuela's opposition-run parliament declares himself interim president

Juan Guaidó, president of the Venezuelan National Assembly

Juan Guaidó, president of the Venezuelan National Assembly

  |  Yuri Cortez/AFP

Juan Guaidó said he has the constitutional right to assume leadership and calls for popular support.

Juan Guaidó, 35, president of the Venezuelan parliament and leader of the opposition - considered "in contempt" by Nicolás Maduro - has declared himself Venezuela's interim president today (Jan 11) at the UN headquarters in Caracas.

Guaidó claims his decision is based in articles 233, 333 and 350 of the Constitution. Article 233 says that the president can be removed from office due to physical or mental disability. Article 333 says that "any citizen, invested with authority or not" has the duty to help "restore compliance with the Constitution." Guaidó believes that the Constitution has been violated with the "illegitimate" election and inauguration of Nicolás Maduro.

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