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U.S. Backs Extension of Venezuelan Opposition Head’s Mandate

  • Calls Juan Guaido ‘interim president,’ lauds National Assembly
  • State Department commits to working for free elections, talks
Juan Guaido speaks during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, on Nov. 22.
Juan Guaido speaks during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, on Nov. 22.Photographer: Gaby Oraa/Bloomberg
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The U.S. government welcomed the last minute agreement reached by the Venezuelan opposition to extend for another year the mandate of the National Assembly elected in 2015, with Juan Guaido as its president. 

In a press statement released late Tuesday, the U.S. Department of State said Washington continues to recognize the opposition-led National Assembly’s authority “as the last remaining democratic institution” and Guaido “as Venezuela’s interim president.”