On January 23, the president of Venezuela's National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, proclaimed himself the interim President of Venezuela, seeking to oust President Nicolás Maduro. Immediately, the United States, followed by dozens of countries, recognized Guaidó as Venezuela's leader. The move has plunged Maduro's government into its deepest political crisis since Maduro took power and pulled the country into a downward spiral of economic near-collapse and a humanitarian crisis. Venezuela has been thrown into a state of limbo, between two competing, supposed presidents.
In a series of reports for the PBS NewsHour, Nadja Drost and Bruno Federico report on the unfolding political crisis. Their stories cover how the opposition is trying to win the power battle from Maduro's government, explore why Chavistas who still support Maduro will continue to do so, and look at how everyday Venezuelans are weathering a severe economic crisis while taking to the streets.