January 23, 2019 / 8:54 PM / a month ago

Guatemala recognizes Guaido as Venezuela president: foreign minister

Juan Guaido, President of Venezuela's National Assembly, gestures as he speaks during a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government and to commemorate the 61st anniversary of the end of the dictatorship of Marcos Perez Jimenez in Caracas, Venezuela January 23, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemala recognizes opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela, Guatemalan Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel said on Wednesday.

The recognition by U.S. ally Guatemala, the first from a Central American nation, came within hours of Guaido swearing himself in as the South American country’s president and followed recognition by the United States, Canada and several Latin American nations.

Reporting by Sofia Menchu; Editing by Delphine Schrank

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