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Venezuela crisis: Rival protests held in Caracas

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Venezuela’s capital Caracas in support of President Nicolás Maduro – and his self-proclaimed interim successor Juan Guaidó.

Mr Guaidó said the country’s opposition movement would “carry on in the streets”. Mr Maduro told supporters he was the only president of Venezuela.

Mr Guaidó declared himself president last month and is backed by the US and several Latin American countries.

Russia and China back President Maduro.

The stand-off began days after Mr Maduro was sworn in for a second term, following disputed elections which many opposition leaders did not contest because they were in jail or boycotting them.

Mr Guaidó, who is head of Venezuela’s National Assembly, says the constitution allows him to assume power temporarily when the president is deemed illegitimate

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