Profile: Juan Guaidó, the man leading Venezuela’s calls for democracy

Protesters have called for Juan Guaidó to be called the “interim president” of Venezuela, as Nicolás Maduro enters his fourth year in office amid a worsening economic crisis.

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At the time of his birth he was known as Jose Escobar, but he later changed his surname to Guaidó.

Caged: Nicolás Maduro greets the soldiers and reporters after meeting with his cabinet. Photograph: Tomas Bravo/Reuters

Born in Venezuela in 1954 to a middle-class family, Guaidó attended an elite Catholic school where he studied liberal arts before beginning a political career. He was first elected as a city councillor of Guarico, before running for national councillor and becoming president of the state council of the mayoralty of Caracas in the newly created regional PSUV, Workers Unity party.

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He became mayor of the state of Miranda in 2003 and was the first openly gay person to become mayor of a major city.

Alfredo Romero, 42

Roman Catholic priest

Romero was the first person to write an open letter to Maduro demanding him to resign from his position and declaring him an illegitimate president. Romero took over as vice-president, but he, like Guaidó, left the ruling party last year.

Andrea Davila, 38

Dr and domestic worker

Dr Davila, a 41-year-old single mother, had migrated to the United States to study medicine in the 1990s and left Venezuela in 2016 when a doctors’ strike against the government began. She then returned to Venezuela in an attempt to help her mother.

Juan Manuel Barroso, 32

Financial consultant

Barroso is a financial consultant, whose family now live in the United States. His first attempt to enter Venezuela to help him observe elections fell through because it was already too late. He stayed abroad after that.

Jovenel Moi, 30

Shoemaker

Born in the United States to Venezuelan parents, Moi works as a shoemaker in Washington DC. He moved to Venezuela at the age of 15, but the poverty made him return to the US. He attended the University of San Diego in California.

Angelina Rondon, 27

Distribution agent

Born in Venezuela to a single father, Rondon has worked as a food distributor in the United States. She returned to Venezuela after two years in the United States.

Raúl Bello, 46

Apparel designer

From a poor background, Bello runs his business out of his house. He goes by the name “Unicorn.”

Adolfo Bastidas, 43

Oil industry worker

Bastidas lives in Venezuela with his wife, in what he describes as his second home. He is currently unemployed.

Jorge Rodríguez, 35

History teacher

Rodríguez is a history teacher in Venezuela, but recently fled the country to see his Spanish professor who “is in danger of being arrested”.

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