Venezuela military attache to US urges army to back Maduro opponent

AFP
Washington, DC, USA Updated: Jan 27, 2019, 07:08 AM(IST)

Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido arrives for a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela. Photograph:( Reuters )

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'This defence attache does not recognise Nicolas Maduro as president, considering him a usurper, and recognises Juan Guaido as the legitimate interim president,' Colonel Jose Luis Silva said.

Venezuela's military attache to Washington broke ranks with Nicolas Maduro on Saturday, urging his "brothers in the military" to back the head of the National Assembly Juan Guaido as interim president, he told AFP.

"This defence attache does not recognise Nicolas Maduro as president, considering him a usurper, and recognises Juan Guaido as the legitimate interim president," Colonel Jose Luis Silva said.

"This position is consistent with the constitution and laws of Venezuela and I call upon my brothers in the military to join in supporting Guaido."

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