Venezuelan Parliament reappoints Guaido as interim president

OAN NewsroomUPDATED 7:38 AM PT — Wednesday, September 18, 2019
The Venezuelan Parliament has reappointed Juan Guaido as interim president of the country. Members of the National Assembly voted Tuesday to extend Guaido’s interim presidency beyond January 5th of 2020.
Venezuelan lawmakers say Guaido will remain in charge of the opposition and foreign affairs until the impending collapse of the Maduro regime.
This comes after Maduro officials opened talks with minority opposition groups in an attempt to sideline Guaido. The interim president denounced the effort, saying Maduro must negotiate with the opposition-controlled Parliament.

Venezuela’s National Assembly President and self-proclaimed interim President Juan Guaido speaks to the press in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. A group of minority opposition parties in Venezuela agreed Monday to enter negotiations with President Nicolas Maduro’s government without the consent of the U.S.-backed opposition leader. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
“The opposition parties have announced their backing of the National Assembly, the President of the Parliament, and the President in charge,” said Guaido. “Everything else are artificial elements created to try to distract attention from the public authority.”
The interim president of Venezuela also said the international community recognizes the National Assembly as the only legitimate authority in the country.

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