Nicolás Maduro Orders American Diplomatic Personnel To Leave
By Bill Strange
January 23, 2019
Venezuela's controversial leader Nicolás Maduro is breaking political and diplomatic relations with the U.S. after the Trump administration recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as president in charge. Maduro has ordered all American diplomatic personnel to leave the country within 72 hours.
Canadian media sources CTV and CBC as well as Thomson Reuters are reporting that Canada along with Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay and Peru are also recognizing and giving their full support to Guaidó.
Guaidó is the head of the National Assembly. He declared himself the interim president today after hundreds of thousands of people marched in Caracas demanding an end to Maduro's government. The country suffers from inflation, poverty and crime and is close to collapse. Some have criticized the Maduro government of being both dogmatically leftist as well as corrupt.
Maduro was the designated heir to hold the power of the executive branch by former strongman Hugo Chávez before his death nearly six years ago. After the political opposition's growth and recent dominance in the National Assembly, Maduro's remaining strategic allies are those his government has placed in the judicial branch and the top military leaders he has cultivated.