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Venezuela has two presidents: Guaido, Maduro duel for control of country

National Assembly speaker Juan Guaido says he is president, but so does Nicolas Maduro, the authoritarian leader who the reins of power.

Venezeuela

Juan Guaido says he is president of Venezuela. So too, of course, does Nicolas Maduro, the authoritarian leader who has ruled the crisis-ravaged country since the death of his mentor Hugo Chavez six years ago. Guaido has the backing of the people, thousands of whom took to the streets Wednesday, along with a host of foreign governments, led by the US, Canada and Brazil, that recognised the congressman as the rightful head of state. But Maduro has control of the security forces, the military, the courts, the treasury coffers and the state oil giant. This makes Guaido’s ...