Latin America

Venezuela back in the spotlight after physical struggle for Congress

After Juan Guaidó's project to oust President Maduro lost steam, conflict in Venezuela heats up again after week of scuffles at the gates of Congress.

Venezuela back in the spotlight after physical struggle for Congress
Venezuela’s National Assembly. Photo: via Fotos Públicas

The twists and turns of Venezuelan politics show no signs of letting up in 2020. On Tuesday, supporters of opposition leader Juan Guaidó stormed the National Assembly building in Caracas, swearing in President Nicolás Maduro’s adversary for a second term as congressional speaker—which, in Mr. Guaidó’s estimations, allows him to continue as the self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela.

This came only two days after pro-Maduro congressman Luis Parra was himself sworn in as speaker of the National Assembly, while Mr. Guaidó and his acolytes were blocked from entering parliament by security forces.

The opposition called Mr. Parra’s maneuver a...

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