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Who is Juan Guaidó, the self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela?

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Juan Guaidó was a relatively obscure figure until January 2019, when he began making headlines after declaring himself interim president of Venezuela amid nationwide protests against authoritarian president Nicolas Maduro.

The US and a number of its top allies have since lined up to support Guiadó’s claim to power, but Maduro remains obstinate and still has the support of Venezuela’s armed forces.

The governments of Russia and China are also sticking with Maduro, which gives him considerable leverage.

In short, Venezuela’s future remains uncertain as Guiadó finds himself at the center of a power struggle that has grabbed the international community’s attention.

Here’s what you need to know about Guiadó and the chaotic situation that has engulfed Venezuela.

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