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Opposition leader Guaido says he will risk return to Venezuela

Quito:  Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said he would go home after concluding a visit to Ecuador, raising the prospect of a showdown with the government that he is trying to force from power.

“I’m announcing my return home from Ecuador,” Guaido said after meeting its president, Lenin Moreno. He also called for protests in Venezuela on Monday and Tuesday, days that coincide with the country’s Carnival season.

Guaido, who declared himself Venezuela’s interim president and is recognised as so by the US and 50 other nations including Australia, did not comment on the exact timing of his planned return to Venezuela. His spokesman, Edward Rodriguez, said “it’s possible” that he will return on Monday.

Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido speaks in front of the warehouse housing US humanitarian aid on February 23 before a failed attempt to break a border blockade.

Venezuela’s self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido speaks in front of the warehouse housing US humanitarian aid on February 23 before a failed attempt to break a border blockade.Credit:AP

“We have little to celebrate and a lot to do,” said Guaido, who recently visited the leaders of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina in a campaign to build pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to resign.

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