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BC-LT-Venezuela Political Crisis, ADVISORY, LT

January 24, 2019

Editors:

Venezuela’s crisis escalated Wednesday as opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president in a direct challenge to embattled socialist Nicolas Maduro, who retaliated by breaking off relations with the United States, his biggest trade partner.

The AP plans the following coverage today:

TEXT:

VENEZUELA POLITICAL CRISIS _ Venezuela’s top military brass have pledged their unwavering support for embattled President Nicolas Maduro, delivering vows of loyalty before rows of green-uniformed officers on state television. Venezuelans are heading into uncharted political waters after the young leader of a newly united opposition claimed Wednesday to hold the presidency and Maduro dug in for a fight with the Trump administration. By Scott Smith and Christine Armario. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video. Developing.

UNITED STATES-VENEZUELA _ President Donald Trump says “all options” are open when it comes to pressuring Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to give up power, but the reality is more complicated. UPCOMING: 850 words by 5 p.m., photos.

VENEZUELA-MADURO’S CHALLENGER _ The rise of Juan Guaido from back-bench obscurity to the U.S-backed, self-declared interim president of Venezuela in just three weeks has been meteoric - and by his own recognition risky. By Fabiola Sanchez and Scott Smith. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-GLOBAL FAULT LINES _ The crisis in Venezuela may have reached a new boiling point, but the geopolitical fault lines look familiar. Russia, China and Iran have thrown their support behind embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, while the U.S., Canada and their allies in Western Europe are backing opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president. By Nataliya Vasilyeva. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

VENEZUELA POLITICAL CRISIS-GLANCE _ A 35-year-old opposition leader who up until two weeks ago was a complete unknown to the vast majority of Venezuelans has declared himself the embattled nation’s interim president as leader Nicolas Maduro clings to power. A look at what happened in Venezuela on Wednesday. SENT: 470 words, photos.

AP EXPLAINS-VENEZUELA-OIL _ As Venezuela plunges deeper into political and economic chaos, a Q&A look at what it could mean for consumers, U.S. energy companies, and other countries that send oil to the U.S. if Washington were to impose sanctions blocking imports from one of its biggest oil suppliers. UPCOMING, 500 words by 4 p.m., photos.

OAS-VENEZUELA _ The Organization of American States will hold an emergency meeting to discuss the Venezuelan crisis with the National Assembly’s newly-picked diplomatic envoy expected to duel with Maduro’s ambassador for control of Venezuelan representation at the Washington-based group. By Luis Alonso Lugo. 600 words by 4:30 p.m.

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