Venezuela’s political turmoil has further deepened amid growing tension over President Nicolas Maduro’s future as the country’s leader. Maduro started a second term on January 10, following a widely boycotted election last year that many foreign governments refused to recognize. On January 23, Juan Guaido, the leader of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, declared himself the interim president.
On April 30th, Guaido said, “As interim president of Venezuela, as legitimate supreme commander of the armed forces, I call on all soldiers to join us.” Venezuelan authorities called it a coup attempt.
(Pictured) A man in civilian clothes throws a tear gas grenade around the self-proclaimed interim president Guaido near the air base La Carlota during a mission with soldiers.