The oil-rich South American nation of Venezuela is in the throes of a political crisis. Elected president Nicolas Maduro is facing a challenge to his leadership by Venezuela’s self-declared interim President, 35-year-old Juan Guaido has US backing for his claims but his detractors say he is a puppet of the Trump administration. Indeed, they say that the US has been trying to effect a coup d’état in order to overthrow Maduro driven by the desire to control Venezuela’s vast oil reserves. Maduro’s critics, including US president Donald Trump, describe him as a dictator. Guaido’s presidential claims have been recognised as Venezuela’s president not just by the US but also leading European countries like the UK, France and Germany. Amidst President Maduro’s refusal to step down, President Trump has even threatened military intervention in Venezuela. SNI’s Deputy Editor Parul Chandra spoke to the Venezuelan ambassador to India, Augusto Montiel who said that it’s only Venezuelans who will decide who the President of their country will be and not the US.
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