10:56 GMT26 October 2020
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    MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - Lawmakers who support Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido gathered at the editorial office of a local newspaper and voted to "re-elect" him as speaker of the National Assembly, the Venezuelan parliament, following the election of pro-Maduro lawmaker Luis Parra to the position.

    On Sunday, Parra was elected the new speaker, at a session of parliament. President Nicolas Maduro confirmed the parliament had elected Parra, a lawmaker from the Primero Justicia party, as the new speaker for 2020-21. The president claimed that Guaido's supporters had requested that the parliament building be cordoned off during the session, which prevented Guaido from attending. Maduro also said that the opposition's claims about inconsistencies in the voting procedure were not true.

    "Despite disagreements and threats, the unity and national interests have prevailed," the National Assembly tweeted featuring a schedule of the legislature's work that included Guaido's name as speaker.

    US State Secretary Mike Pompeo was prompt to congratulate Guaido on his 're-election'.

    In early 2019, Guaido declared himself interim president of Venezuela, following months of anti-government protests. Maduro nonetheless retained power despite longstanding and endemic economic and social turmoil in the country.


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