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Venezuela Opposition Looks to Overhaul ‘Interim Government’

FILE - Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaidó speaks to residents to present his unity plan to Venezuelans in Maiquetia, Venezuela, Feb. 19, 2022. A group of opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is looking to strip Guaidó of his authority as the internationally recognized head of the country's so-called interim government. Three of the four major opposition parties are expected to vote Thursday, Dec. 22, on the proposal to replace Guaidó with a horizontal style of leadership by committee. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)
FILE – Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaidó speaks to residents to present his unity plan to Venezuelans in Maiquetia, Venezuela, Feb. 19, 2022. A group of opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is looking to strip Guaidó of his authority as the internationally recognized head of the country’s so-called interim government. Three of the four major opposition parties are expected to vote Thursday, Dec. 22, on the proposal to replace Guaidó with a horizontal style of leadership by committee. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

Juan Guaidó has been the face of Venezuelans’ efforts to restore their democracy since he took to the streets to challenge the rule of President Nicolás Maduro in early 2019.

But the 39-year-old former head of the country’s legislature, the National Assembly, is at risk of being pushed aside by some of his one-time allies who feel that his leadership of the opposition isn’t working and that they need to find a better way to connect with disillusioned voters ahead of the 2024 presidential elections.

Three of the four main opposition parties that make up the so-called interim government voted Thursday to replace Guaidó with a leadership by committee.

Guaidó, fighting for his political future, has warned that such a move would be unconstitutional and open the door to recognizing Maduro’s “dictatorship.”

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