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Leaders of Colombia, Brazil, Peru and Canada recognize Guaido as Venezuelan president
Speaking from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday (January 23) the presidents of Colombia and Brazil as well as the Peruvian vice president and the Canadian minister of foreign affairs stood side-by-side to announce their respective countries' recognition of Juan Guaido, the head of Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress, as the president of that country. "I want to state that Colombia recognizes Juan Guaido as president of Venezuela and shares in this process of transition to democracy so that the Venezuelan people can free themselves from the dictatorship," said Colombian President Ivan Duque, referring to the administration of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The leaders also announced that a joint statement would be coming out from the Lima Group of countries on Venezuela. The comments came after Guaido swore himself in as interim president amid mass protests against the administration of Nicolas Maduro. U.S. President Donald Trump set off a chain of recognitions of Guaido after announcing the U.S. backed the lawmaker as interim president.