Venezuelan general deserts Nicolas Maduro in highest ranking military defection to hit regime

A general from the Venezuelan air force has announced he no longer recognises Nicolas Maduro as the country’s president, in what appears to be the highest ranking military defection to hit the regime.

In a video circulating on social media on Saturday ahead of mass protests planned in Caracas, General Francisco Esteban Yanez Rodriguez says he has disavowed the “dictatorial” authority of Mr Maduro and now recognises Juan Guaido, the self-declared interim president, as Venezuela’s leader.

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