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Venezuelan President Juan Guido has been sworn in as Venezuela's interim president after the opposition considered Nicolas Maduro's ruling illegal and Washington quickly acknowledged Guido.
The president of the country's National Assembly, Guido, was sworn in by a large crowd as hundreds of thousands of his supporters and Maduro supporters took to the streets of the capital Caracas amid calls for the army and security forces to support democracy and protect civilians.
Later, Venezuelan police clashed with Maduro's opponents in the capital's streets.
In the fastest international reaction, Trump announced his recognition of the leader of the Venezuelan opposition as the transitional president of the country, calling on Western countries to follow suit.
In response to Trump's move, Maduro announced the severing of diplomatic relations between Venezuela and the United States, giving US embassy staff 72 hours to leave.
Trump pledged to "receive the United States with all its economic and diplomatic weight to restore democracy in Venezuela."
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on the Venezuelan army and security forces to "support democracy and protect civilians" and called on Maduro to step down in favor of "the legitimate president who reflects the will of the Venezuelan people."
"All options are open if Maduro attacks members of the National Assembly," a senior administration official said, noting that the current sanctions against Venezuela were "a small part of the actions that could be taken."
The Canadian government and the Organization of American States have also recognized Guaydou as president.
Guido announced Friday that he was ready to take over as the opposition considered the second term of Maduro illegal.
A wave of protests erupted in Caracas on Monday following a brief military uprising that gave hope that the new Congress president could unite the opposition and oust Maduro.
"If he becomes president, he intends to provide legal protection for soldiers and dissident officials," Guido, 35, said in an interview with Reuters on Tuesday. "Justice will be applied to those who have committed disgraceful acts."
"For 20 years we have been suffering attacks, killing political leaders and imprisoning others, and I was kidnapped for a few hours, killing my friends," he said.
On Thursday, Maduro was sworn in for a second term, defying critics in the United States and Latin American countries, despite the country's stifling political and economic situation.
Maduro's government has imprisoned dozens of activists and opposition leaders for trying to overthrow the president during demonstrations in 2014 and 2017.
Another 125 people were killed in clashes with police in the 2017 protests.Keywords: http://www.shafaaq.com/ar/Ar_NewsReader/c689836f-a53d-4a7f-986f-6c797cd4113f