BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 A.M.) – The Venezuelan Ambassador to Iraq Jonathan Velasco Ramirez said on Sunday morning that he recognizes opposition leader Juan Guaido as the President of Venezuela.
“Our only place is on the side of the people, the constitution, and the National Assembly. Engineer Juan Guaido has the constitutional right and obligation to undertake the responsibilities of the head of the [Bolivarian] Republic [of Venezuela],” Ramirez began.
“Mister Guaido, you are on the right side — that of the history, the people, and the constitution. [Venezuelan President Nicolas] Maduro and his clan of usurpers have crossed the line,” Ramirez said in a video address, which Nacional media outlet released.
Ramirez has joined a number of other politicians that have announced their backing of Guaido, including the recently defected air force commander.