Western media reported on Tuesday that a military coup in Venezuela had taken place, saying Venezuelan soldiers had taken control of the leadership of the Republican Guard and called on President Nicolas Maduro to step down.
The media posted a video on the social networking site "Twitter" for Venezuelan military officers in which they claimed control of a military base in the capital Caracas, demanding President Nicolas Maduro to step down.
The section showed a group of military personnel claiming control over the National Guard leadership in Cotiza, Caracas.
"Venezuela is united to reestablish the constitutional process, I wanted it, and we too," said a sergeant who identified himself as Figueroa.
The President of the National Assembly of Venezuela (Congress), Juan Guido, announced his appeal against President Nicolas Maduro, who was re-elected for a new term.
Guido said he was ready to take power by force, according to the Associated Press, stressing that the opposition will organize an open national gathering to determine the next actions after the inauguration of President Nicholas Maduro.
Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as Venezuela's president for 2019-2025 after winning a new six-year term in Venezuela's May 20, 2018 election, but his main rivals rejected the election results, citing widespread irregularities.
The Lima group, composed of Latin American countries and Canada, said it did not recognize the legitimacy of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's new presidential term and called for new presidential elections and the handover of power to parliament.
Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez said his country had cut ties with Venezuela and closed the embassy. "The Government of the Republic of Paraguay decided, in fulfillment of its constitutional powers and national sovereignty, to sever diplomatic relations with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, to close our embassy and to immediately withdraw the accredited Paraguayan diplomats in the country," he said in a statement.