Russia condemns bid to 'usurp power' from Maduro
January 25, 2019 5:35 am
Russia has condemned foreign powers for backing a Venezuelan opposition leader who declared himself interim president, calling it a bid to “usurp power”.
Moscow said that the move violated international law and was a “direct path to bloodshed”.
Juan Guaidó declared himself interim leader on Wednesday – a move recognised by the US and several other nations.
President Nicolás Maduro, who retains some other nations’ support, broke off relations with the US in response.
Mr Maduro has been in office since 2013. He was sworn in for a second term earlier this month, after winning a May 2018 election marred by an opposition boycott and widespread claims of vote-rigging.