Guaido, the self-proclaimed interim president, said he would return home or be arrested

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 Guaido, the self-proclaimed interim president, said he would return home or be arrested


Guaido left the country on 22 February in defiance of the Supreme Courts departure ban and stayed in Colombia, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Ecuador to gain support for himself.

He met Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno in the coastal city of Salinas on the 2nd, and later told reporters that he would return home. His spokesman, Edward Rodriguez, said Guaido could return on the 4th.

The Supreme Court of Venezuela declared that Nicolas Maduro was the constitutionally recognized president of Guaido on January 23, when he declared his inauguration as interim president at a rally in Caracas, Venezuela. On 29 January, the Supreme Court imposed restrictions on Guaido, including a ban on his departure.

Judge Juan Carlos Valdez of Venezuelas Supreme Court told Russias Satellite News Agency on February 26 that Guaido could be arrested after leaving the country in violation of the ban.

Guaido, in the border city of Kukuta, Colombia, on February 23, urged supporters to bring U.S. -provided aid to Venezuela, but failed to break through Venezuelan military obstruction. The Venezuelan government has designated the US sides aid as a subversive attempt to prohibit the entry of goods and materials.

The opposition coalition won a parliamentary majority at the end of 2015, and continued to struggle with the Maduro government. Guaido assumed the presidency of Parliament on 5 January this year. In early 2017, the Supreme Court ruled that Parliament was in an illegal state and that all decisions made were null and void.

Source: Xinhua responsible editor: Ji Guojie_NBJ11143