In a chaotic scene, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido stormed the National Assembly (parliament) building after being stopped by troops. The incident happened when his rival for the position of speaker of parliament held a session inside.
Juan Guaido, who was re-elected on January 5th for a second one-year term as leader of the opposition congress, pledged to chair the opening session on January 7th after security forces blocked him from the building over the weekend to allow the president’s allies Nicolas Maduro to swear in his own spokesman Luis Parra.
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On January 5, security forces blocked him from entering parliament. He tried to break the cordon again on January 7. He and his supporters managed to get the police through. Their arrival prompted pro-government lawmakers to leave.
Juan Guaydo continued to sit in the speaker’s chair. He and his supporters sang the national anthem before being sworn in as a speaker during a power outage, forcing people to use telephone lights.