Insight: Who is Venezuela's Juan Guaido?

Who is Venezuela’s Juan Guaido?

As the eyes of the world are fixed on the Latin America country, here’s what we know about the young opposition leader.

He studied industrial engineering at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas and went on to earn two graduate degrees in public administration, including one from George Washington University.

Guaido was part of a group of young leaders who founded a political party in 2009 called Voluntad Popular — Popular Will — along with Leopoldo Lopez, one of the best-known faces of the opposition.The party mission was to overcome poverty and to secure a democracy in which all Venezuelans have rights.Lopez, who is now under house arrest, has mentored Guaido for years.

He joined the National Assembly in 2011, serving as an alternate until he was elected in 2016 as representative for the state of Vargas — a position that he currently holds.He was among several lawmakers who went on a hunger strike demanding parliamentary elections in 2015.

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