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Venezuelan opposition leader announces his own government

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who declared himself acting president, said during a speech at the National Assembly on Wednesday, August 28, plans to create his own government.

“Today for the country we have several announcements regarding appointments to the government. <…> Moreover, symbolic purposes will not make sense. Today we see how the world recognizes our ambassadors, how the OAS (Organization of American States. – Ed.) Recognizes our special representative,” said Guaido.

It is specified that he called the members of the government not ministers, but “presidential commissioners.”

Thus, Julio Borges was appointed Commissioner for Foreign Affairs, Alejandro Paz for Economic Development, Umberto Prados for Human Rights and Assistance to Victims, and Javier Troconis for Asset Management and Returns.

In addition, Guaido appointed Leopoldo Lopez, one of the leaders of the Venezuelan opposition, as the main coordinator of the so-called core of the government, that is, the Prime Minister.

Venezuela has been in an economic and political crisis for several years. The situation began to worsen in January of this year. Against the backdrop of lengthy protests, the Venezuelan opposition leader, Parliament Speaker Juan Guaido, proclaimed himself the head of state.

His power was recognized by the USA, Canada, Guatemala and several other countries. A number of other states, including Russia, China and Mexico, supported incumbent President Nicolas Maduro.

In late April, the situation in Venezuela escalated: protests and clashes between the opposition and law enforcement agencies resumed. Guaido urged supporters to complete the process of ousting Maduro, but yet another coup attempt failed and Guaido admitted her failure.

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