Top Venezuela General Defects, Calls Guaido Head-of-State And Urges Military To Follow | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Top Venezuela General Defects, Calls Guaido Head-of-State And Urges Military To Follow

For the first time since the recent crisis triggered by embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's reelection to a second six-year term began which a dozen countries led by the United States condemned as "illegitimate", a high ranking general in the country's armed forces has defected while declaring loyalty to opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim head-of-state.

Air Force General Francisco Yanez, identified by Reuters as part of the air force's high command, published a short video via Twitter on Saturday wherein he called on Venezuela's armed forces to follow his lead in recognizing Guaido. Notably Gen. Yanez is identified on public state military information web pages as the air force's head of strategic planning, making him the highest military official to break from the Maduro regime in months.

In the video Yanez urges other members of the military to defect in opposition to "dictator" Maduro's rule immediately as "the transition to democracy is imminent." He held up Guaido as the true president of Venezuela. His statement claims further that "90 percent" of Venezuela's military is against Maduro; however there's yet to be any signs of a mass waves of defections.

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