“Guaido for president!” the crowd chanted. “Out with Maduro!”
But Guaido said he’d need support from the public, the armed forces and the international community before trying to form a transitional government to hold new elections to replace Maduro.
“The constitution gives me the legitimacy to carry out the charge of the presidency over the country to call elections,” Guaido said. “But I need backing from the citizens to make it a reality.”
Guaido asked Venezuelans to mass in a nationwide demonstration on
The constitution assigns the presidency to the head of the
But the overall military so far has remained firmly behind Maduro, despite some reports of small-scale attempts at revolt.
A once wealthy oil nation,
The announcement is a daring challenge to the socialist leader, who has rejected criticism of his re-election and whose government has imprisoned many leading critics.
Seventeen Latin American countries,
In May, Maduro declared victory following an election that his political opponents and many foreign nations consider illegitimate, in part because popular opponents were banned from running and the largest anti-government parties boycotted the race.
Friday’s demonstration was the largest showing of anti-government supporters in more than a year, but fell far short of the thousands that took to the streets over four months in 2017, leading to clashes in which more than 120 died.
Guaido, 35, made the announcement less than a week after being selected to lead
Guaido has won some international support, speaking by phone this week with
“We are not victims here. We are survivors and we are going to survive this,” Guaido said. We are here to talk about the route, because there are no magical solutions.”