The United States, Canada and major South American nations recaptured the head of Venezuela's opposition-controlled legislation, Juan Guaido as the country's interim leader on Wednesday, leaving President Nicolas Maduro increasingly isolated.
Major regional players Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Peru and Argentina all have their backing for Guaido's self-proclamation as Venezuela's acting president, which he made in front of crowd of thousands of supporters in Caracas.
Mexico, however, stood apart, saying it recognises "the authorities elected in the Venezuelan constitution," seen as a lukewarm nod to Maduro. Separately, Mexico and Uruguay are urged to escalate violence. Bolivia's leftist president Evo Morales affirmed his long-standing alliance with the Venezuelan president.
But the avalanche of support for Guaido dramatically raised the stakes in Venezuela, oil-rich nation has become deeply impoverished under Maduro.
Maduro has been sent to the support of the Venezuelan military
The US said on Wednesday that it was ready to use "all options," if Maduro tried to quash the opposition.
President Donald Trump said Guaido's National Assembly was "the only legitimate branch of government duly elected by the Venezuelan people."
Maduro responded by saying he was cutting diplomatic ties with the US as his riot police clashed with opposition supporters in Caracas.
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Tweeting from the Swiss ski resort of Davos, where he and other leaders were attending the World Economic Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said, "Brazil recognises Mr. Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president."
He added that "Brazil wants to support politically and economically the process of trans so that democracy and social peace return to Venezuela. "
Bolsonaro, who has taken over Trump's administration of power at the beginning of January, has repeatedly vowed to challenge
Colombian President Ivan Duque, another US ally at Davos Guaido wants to "accompany this process of transition to democracy so that the Venezuelan people free themselves of their dictatorship."
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland expressed her country's "full support" for Guaido, adding: Lima group mostly supports Guaido
Eleven members of the 14-nation Lima Group – Argentina, Brazil , Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, and Peru – Guaido as interim president.
The three holdouts included Mexico, which has mai ntained a principle of non-intervention under leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, as well as Guyana and Santa Lucia.
Lopez Obrador's spokesman said on Twitter that while Mexico "for the moment" was not changing its relations with Caracas, it was "analyzing the situation in Venezuela."
The US does not support the group, which
Guaido, but EU Council President Donald Tusk tweeted that "I hope that all of Europe will support unite democratic support in Venezuela. "
Tusk added," Unlike Maduro, the parliamentary assembly, including Juan Guaido have a democratic mandate from Venezuelan citizens. "