A judge in London has said the British government had "unequivocally recognised" opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's president, in a battle over gold bullion held at the Bank of England.
Candidates will contest an expanded number of seats in the new legislature, which will increase from 167 to 277, said Indira Alfonzo, the president of the recently appointed National Electoral Council announced.
To suit their political aims, both President Nicholas Maduro and his Western-backed opponent, Juan Guaido, want to withdraw Venezuelan gold stashed in the Bank of England’s deposits in London.
US President Donald Trump on the other hand appears to have walked back on comments that he would consider meeting his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro
The first of five Iranian tankers carrying fuel for gasoline-starved Venezuela entered the South American country's exclusive economic zone.
Interior Minister Nestor Reverol gave no details on the number of people detained or killed in the operation, which he said was still underway, with a massive search on air, land and sea.
The opposition leader, who is recognised as the country's interim president by more than 50 countries, has been repeatedly targeted by the government in a number of legal cases.
The US president delivered his annual State of the Union address to Congress, one day before the Senate will vote on his impeachment. Trump's speech was interrupted by a protestor shouting at him to do something about gun violence.
Maduro had cut diplomatic ties with Colombia early last year after it threw its support to Juan Guaido along with the US and nearly 60 other nations and assisted in a failed attempt to bring aid across the border into Venezuela.
Masked officers from SEBIN intelligence police unit blocked the building’s entrances and lined the street with their vehicles, barring entry by lawmakers aligned with Juan Guaido.
"We will mobilise for street protests on Thursday and Friday, and on Saturday we will all be in the streets," Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido as he called for three days of protests against President Nicolas Maduro.
In a televised address, President Maduro gave his backing to Parra as the new speaker, adding that "Guaido was kicked out of the National Assembly by the votes of his own opposition."
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