Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro threatened opposition leader Juan Guaido with facing the courts “sooner or later” for violating the constitution by anointing himself legitimate head-of-state، according to an interview published on Wednesday.
Guaido invoked a constitutional provision to assume the presidency three weeks ago، arguing that Maduro’s re-election last year was a sham. Most Western countries، including the United States، have recognized Guaido، but Maduro retains control of state institutions including the military.
Maduro said Guaido was seeking to divide the country and convince the Trump administration to launch a foreign intervention.
“If the American empire dares to touch even one palm leaf in our territory، this will turn into a new Vietnam،” he said.