Stirring the Pot

Reuters reports that Brazil has recognized Juan Guaido, President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, as the president of Venezuela:

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazil’s government on Saturday issued a statement saying it recognized Venezuela’s Congressional leader, who opposes President Nicolas Maduro, as the rightful president of Venezuela.

Maduro, who started a second term as president this week, has found himself increasingly isolated as countries around the world have called his continued leadership illegitimate.

Juan Guaido, the head of Venezuela’s opposition-led Congress, said this week he was prepared to assume the country’s presidency on an interim basis and call elections.

Over the last several years nearly 4 million Venezuelans of a population of 32 million have fled Venezuela to Brazil, Colombia, and Guyana, disrupting those countries. Neither the shutdown of the federal government nor the flood of refugees at our southern border is the gravest emergency in the Americas. The situation in Venezuela is and Brazil is stirring the pot.

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