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Venezuela’s opposition-controlled congress opened its first session of the year Saturday, installing a fresh-faced leader who struck a defiant tone and vowed to take up the battle against socialist President Nicolas Maduro. Juan Guaido, 35, assumes the presidency of a National Assembly stripped of power by Maduro, whose government is blamed for leading the once-wealthy oil nation into a historic political and humanitarian crisis. Subscribe to Newsletter Subscribe to our daily curated newsletter to receive the latest of Politicoscope top politics stories delivered to your email inbox. Email Address Sign Me Up Subscribe to Newsletter Subscribe to our daily curated newsletter to receive the latest of Politicoscope top politics stories delivered to your email inbox. Email Address Sign Me Up Speaking to legislators, Guaido named off several opposition politicians and opponents of Maduro’s government who have been jailed, driven into exile or killed. He said desperation has forced masses of citizens to flee abroad looking for work. “We are under an oppressive system,” he said. “It’s not just that — it is miserable.” Tall and youthful, Guaido represents the next generation of Venezuelan political opposition, taking up the assembly’s leadership following 74-year-old Omar Barboza. You May Also Like: Juan Guaido: Coup Unsuccessful Because Supporters 'Failed to Follow Through'Guaido is an industrial engineer and former student leader from the same political party as Leopoldo Lopez, Venezuela’s most popular opposition leader under house arrest. Government opponents consider him a political prisoner. Guaido called Maduro a dictator whose legitimacy has run out.Continue reading