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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington is leading a coalition to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, TASS reported.

The US supports the efforts of the Organization of American States in reviving its institutions, mandate, and increasing efficiency, said Pompeo at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.

According to him, they are leading a coalition of 59 countries to overthrow Maduro and respect the will of the Venezuelan people.

The situation in Venezuela escalated after January 23, 2019, opposition leader Juan Guaidó, whose appointment to the post of speaker of the parliament two days earlier, was canceled by the Supreme Court, declared himself acting president. The US recognized him as the interim head of state.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called the incident coup d'etat and announced the severance of diplomatic relations with the US. Russia, Belarus, Iran, China, Cuba, Nicaragua, Syria and Turkey supported him.

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