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Venezuela's new leader, Juan Guaido

The State of Israel has officially recognized the new government of Venezuela.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement Sunday morning in response to heavy pressure from the United States, recognizing the new leadership in Caracas.

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“Israel joins the United States, Canada, most of the countries of Latin America and countries in Europe in recognizing the new leadership in Venezuela,” Netanyahu said.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido – who declared himself leader last week – has renewed his calls for the nation’s military to abandon the socialist government of Nicolas Maduro. Guaido spoke after a Mass held to honor more than two dozen civilians who were killed in anti-government protests, saying he will continue his plans to install a transitional government under his interim leadership and that of members of the National Assembly.

Supporters of the opposition visited military bases earlier in the day on Sunday to hand out copies of an amnesty law passed by the National Assembly.

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton tweeted a warning there would be a “significant response” to any violence or intimidation against U.S. diplomatic personnel, Venezuela’s democratic leader, Juan Guaido or the National Assembly itself.”

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