06:47 GMT19 April 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Venezuelan political opposition leader Juan Guaido announced that he has contracted the coronavirus but with mild symptoms.

    "...I want to responsibly inform the country that, after four days of quarantine as a result of some discomforts and despite having taken precautions, I have tested positive for Covid-19," Guaido said in a Saturday tweet.

    He added that his symptoms are "mild" and that he is in isolation and has informed all those he had come into contact with recently.

    "The pandemic has reminded us of our vulnerability as human beings. This danger is real and we are all at risk," Guaido said.

    In January 2019, Venezuela plunged deeper into a political crisis when the then-head of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, Juan Guaido, proclaimed himself interim president in a bid to oust reelected President Nicolas Maduro from power following a hotly-contested election.

    In December 2020, Venezuela held parliamentary elections in which over 100 political parties and associations took part. Over 20 parties, including the dominant opposition bloc headed by Guaido, refused to participate in the vote. The socialist Simon Bolivar Great Patriotic Pole political party (GPPSB) took 91.34 percent of the parliamentary seats, according to election results released by the National Electoral Council (CNE).

    Later in December, Guaido said that Venezuela’s opposition lawmakers would continue their work despite the parliamentary elections held earlier that month.


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