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Venezuela: Guaido announces formation of shadow government

Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of, Caracas
August 28, 2019 at 21:21 GMT +00:00 · Published

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido announced the creation of a new 'centre of government' in Caracas on Wednesday, appointing fellow politician Leopoldo Lopez as general co-ordinator.

During a press conference held at Metropolitan University, Guaido described the shadow government would be "a space for organisation". Given that Lopez is currently living in the Spanish embassy after being escaping house arrest, they would operate "in the best possible way that it does not interrupt or hinder the rules of the embassy".

Guaido's statement comes at the time when the self-proclaimed interim-president is looking to increase pressure on Nicolas Maduro's government, not only nationally but internationally as well.

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Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido announced the creation of a new 'centre of government' in Caracas on Wednesday, appointing fellow politician Leopoldo Lopez as general co-ordinator.

During a press conference held at Metropolitan University, Guaido described the shadow government would be "a space for organisation". Given that Lopez is currently living in the Spanish embassy after being escaping house arrest, they would operate "in the best possible way that it does not interrupt or hinder the rules of the embassy".

Guaido's statement comes at the time when the self-proclaimed interim-president is looking to increase pressure on Nicolas Maduro's government, not only nationally but internationally as well.

W/S Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido arriving at press conference room in Metropolitan University, Caracas

M/S Guaido talking at press conference room

SOT, Juan Guaido, Venezuelan opposition leader (Spanish): "For the creation of the centre of government we have appointed Leopoldo Lopez for the organisation between these sectors. There are additional appointments, each of these will have not only an assistant but also a commission and a committee in each of the presidential commissions that we have just appointed."

M/S Guaido talking at press conference room

W/S Guaido talking at press conference room

SOT, Juan Guaido, Venezuelan opposition leader (Spanish): "Now, with respect to the centre of government, I have already given a comment. It will be a space for organisation and we will do it in the best possible way that does not interrupt or hinder the rules of the [Spanish] embassy. First, due to the political need of the moment. That's to say, once again, the usurpation has lasted much more than we all want. Now the onus is one us, because we all want to exert much more pressure, we need much more organisation, as we saw it, first social pressure as we saw last weekend, and today's political pressure also, to exercise each of these powers. This answers to a political need of the moment to increase pressure and organisation with the different elements, not only nationally but also internationally."

W/S Guaido talking at press conference room

M/S Guaido leaving press conference room *NO CUTAWAY AT SOURCE*

M/S Guaido leaving

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