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Juan Guaidó, the legislative body's chairman, has proclaimed himself the interim president of Venezuela, challenging President Nicolás Maduro's rule.

A group of Venezuelan doctors demonstrated on the Colombian side of the border on Sunday as they demanded President Nicolas Maduro's government allow humanitarian aid into their country. The military's backing is critical to the sway of power in Venezuela. The shipment of USA aid is now in Cucuta, Colombia, on the border. "They are waiting for that", Tarre said, noting that the aid is being provided by NGOs.

"There are people responsible for this and the regime should know it", Guaido said after attending Sunday mass with his wife and 20-month-old baby.

Maduro has said the USA help is part of a plot to overthrow his government and said Venezuela doesn't need it. "There are sanctions against corrupt officials and thieves", Guaido told RT Spanish in an exclusive interview, dismissing any notion that USA sanctions and years of economic and political pressure on Caracas might have contributed to the deteriorating socio-economic situation in Venezuela.

The declaration came on the heels on a statement from U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that all proceeds from sales of Venezuelan crude to U.S. refiners would be withheld unless PDVSA recognized Guaido as the legitimate leader of the country, which the company has not done so far. The United States has since been joined by a majority of Western nations.

Medicine and food sent by the United States has been blocked on the border in Cucuta, Colombia after Venezuelan soldiers closed a bridge linking the two countries.

"You must be ready to go to the heart of the enemy who dares touch Venezuelan soil - to go to the heart of the enemy and to tear out his heart in his own territory", he declared at a military event in Caracas.

"(Guaido) will announce the day when, from Colombia, from the islands by sea, and from Brazil the humanitarian aid will arrive simultaneously", Toledo said.

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