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The Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó is continuing with his attempt to oust Nicolás Maduro, after declaring himself interim president. As anti-government protests intensify, Guaidó’s claim has been recognised by the US, Canada, Brazil, Colombia and others, while the EU has said the voice of the people cannot be ignored.

But for all the international criticism of the Maduro government, there are concerns too that Guaidó’s main regional backers are Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s far-right president, who is known for his hostility to human rights and his fondness for dictatorship, and Donald Trump.

Joining Anushka Asthana to discuss it all from Caracas is Virginia López, who has been covering the crisis for the Guardian.

Also today: the Guardian’s political correspondent Jessica Elgot on another day of Brexit showdowns in the House of Commons. Has anything of significance changed?

Guaido declares himself Venezuelan interim president<br>epa07313262 Juan Guaido (C), President of the Venezuelan Parliament, greets the crowd as announces that he assumes executive powers, in Caracas, Venezuela, 23 January 2019. Guaido declared himself interim president of Venezuela - a move that was quickly recognised by US President Trump -  in fight against President Maduro whose presidency Guaido considers 'illegitimate'. The USA and South American countries have been pressing for Maduro's ouster more strongly in the past weeks, aimed to end his presidency after years of crisis.  EPA/Miguel Gutiérrez



Photograph: Miguel Gutiérrez/EPA

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