Call US move on Venezuela what it is - regime change

The United States and about a dozen other countries recognised opposition leader Juan Guaido as the legitimate president of Venezuela on Wednesday, even as President Nicolas Maduro maintained his grip on the office.

Under ordinary principles of constitutional and international law, can one country simply declare that someone who manifestly isn't the president of the country actually is, and act accordingly?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 26, 2019, with the headline 'Call US move on Venezuela what it is - regime change'. Print Edition | Subscribe