Venezuelan government says Guaidó can't hold office for 15 years

The Venezuela government on Thursday barred National Assembly leader Juan Guaidó, who has been recognized as the country's interim president by the U.S. and multiple other nations, from holding public office for the next 15 years, The Associated Press reported.

Guaidó has been attempting to arrest power from Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, whose 2018 election was widely seen as illegitimate by the international community.

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According to the AP, government officials with the state comptroller's office say they found irregularities in Guaidó's financial records which would make him illegible to hold office.

Thursday's move raised the pressure on the opposition leader, whose chief of staff was arrested by Venezuelan authorities earlier this month.