Brazil Recognizes Venezuelan Opposition Leader As President

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gestures after receiving the presidential sash during the ceremonial swearing-in for his second presidential term, at the Supreme Court in Caracas, Venezuela January 10, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Reuters: Brazil says it recognizes Venezuelan opposition leader as president

SAO PAULO, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Brazil's government on Saturday issued a statement saying it recognized Venezuela's Congressional leader, who opposes President Nicolas Maduro, as the rightful president of Venezuela.

Maduro, who started a second term as president this week, has found himself increasingly isolated as countries around the world have called his continued leadership illegitimate.

Juan Guaido, the head of Venezuela's opposition-led Congress, said this week he was prepared to assume the country's presidency on an interim basis and call elections. (Reporting by Marcelo Rochabrun Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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WNU Editor: Brazil is not the only government calling for change ....

US Says Time for New Government in Venezuela -- VOA/AP
Peru recalls last diplomat from Venezuela to protest 'illegitimate' new term -- Reuters
EU: Maduro victory in Venezuela "undemocratic" -- RFI
Canada slams Venezuela’s Maduro’s 2nd term as ‘illegitimate’ as he is sworn in -- Global News/Canadian Press

Colombia has their own issues with Venezuela ....

Colombia probes Venezuela connection to assassination plot on President Ivan Duque (SCMP).

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