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President Donald Trump recognized Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela Wednesday minutes after the opposition leader declared himself the head of state, in the U.S.’s most provocative move yet against the leftist regime of Nicolas Maduro.

Maduro responded by breaking diplomatic relations with the U.S., giving American diplomats 72 hours to leave the country.

Guaido, 35, is the president of the Venezuela National Assembly, which Maduro doesn’t recognize. Venezuelans took to the streets in the biggest opposition protests since mid-2017 to back Guaido and increase pressure on Maduro.

Juan Guaido speaks during a pro-opposition rally in Caracas on Jan. 23.

Photographer: Carlos Becerra/Bloomberg

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