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Venezuela's Moribund Opposition Stirs With Lawmaker's Emergence

  • Guaido pushes plan to assume presidency in authoritarian state
  • He has won the attention of citizens and secret police alike
Juan Guaido speaks in Caraballeda, Vargas State, Venezuela, on Jan. 13.
Juan Guaido speaks in Caraballeda, Vargas State, Venezuela, on Jan. 13.Photographer: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images

Rallying around a little-known lawmaker, Venezuela’s opposition is stirring for the first time since President Nicolas Maduro crushed mass protests more than a year ago.

For months, citizens ravaged by hunger have ignored calls to protest what the U.S. and many other countries have called a rigged election. Now, a trickle of supporters comes to hear Juan Guaido, 35, the new head of the defanged National Assembly, explain how an abstract constitutional provision could make him acting president.