Venezuela’s Guaidó calls for big protests on May 1

April 19, 2019
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Juan Guaido, opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela, greets supporters as he leaves Plaza Bolivar after an outdoor, town hall-style meeting in the Chacao area of Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, April 19, 2019. The opposition held the forum to announce a new strategy against the government of President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó is calling for nationwide protests against the government of President Nicolás Maduro on May 1.

Guaidó made the call on Friday as he tries to oust Maduro, who has rejected calls from the United States and its allies to resign.

Guaidó leads the opposition-controlled National Assembly and declared himself to be Venezuela’s interim president in January. He says Maduro’s re-election last year was rigged and that a change of leadership is the only way to pull the country out of its economic and humanitarian crisis.

Maduro says the opposition leader is being manipulated by the U.S. as part of a coup plot.

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