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Venezuela's Guaidó seeks talks with U.S. military in bid to oust Maduro

 Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó in Caracas, Venezuela.
Venezuelan National Assembly President Juan Guaidó. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty Images

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó told a rally Saturday he’s instructed his political envoy in Washington, D.C., to immediately contact the U.S. military to discuss possible military coordination to press President Nicolás Maduro to resign, AP reports.

Why it matters: It's one of National Assembly President Guaidó's strongest public pleas yet for the U.S. to help him oust Maduro. It comes days after state police arrested the assembly's vice president, Edgar Zambrano. Guaidó said last week he would "consider" U.S. military help if offered by national security adviser John Bolton.

Venezuelan police arrest National Assembly's VP

Edgar Zambrano with Juan Guiado
Juan Guaidó (left) with Edgar Zambrano (right). Photo: Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images

The vice president of Venezuela's National assembly, Edgar Zambrano, was arrested by state police in Caracas on Wednesday evening, reports the Washington Post.

The state of play: Zambrano was leaving the Democratic Action party's headquarters when a SEBIN intelligence unit surrounded his car. Zambrano tweeted: "We democrats we will keep fighting!" as he was towed away while still inside his car. This comes after he stood with opposition leader Juan Guaidó on April 30 to encourage the military to rise against President Nicolas Maduro, reports the AP. Zambrano has been charged with treason, conspiracy and rebellion per the Washington Post.