Juan Guaido: the meteoric rise from back-bench obscurity to the self-declared interim presidency of Venezuela

Juan Guaido was a relative unknown until Donald Trump made him the “interim president” of Venezuela.

The 35-year-old engineer, who studied for a postgraduate degree at George Washington, was only elected to the national assembly three years ago, representing the state of Vargas.

He had protested against Hugo Chavez as a student, and, as a politician, in 2017 he was active in demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro, and was shot in the neck by a rubber bullet.

While more high-profile opposition leaders like Leopoldo Lopez, his mentor, who remains under house arrest, or former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles were sidelined, Mr Guaido was able to quietly work his way up the anti-Maduro…