January 12, 2019 / 2:37 PM / 7 months ago

Brazil says it recognises Venezuelan opposition leader as president

Juan Guaido, President of the Venezuelan National Assembly and lawmaker of the opposition party Popular Will (Voluntad Popular), speaks during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela January 10, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil’s government on Saturday issued a statement saying it recognised Venezuela’s Congressional leader, who opposes President Nicolas Maduro, as the rightful president of Venezuela.

Maduro, who started a second term as president this week, has found himself increasingly isolated as countries around the world have called his continued leadership illegitimate.

Juan Guaido, the head of Venezuela’s opposition-led Congress, said this week he was prepared to assume the country’s presidency on an interim basis and call elections.

Reporting by Marcelo Rochabrun; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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