The Latest: Venezuela diplomat in Miami backs challenger

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):

2:50 p.m.

A Venezuelan diplomat in Miami says she's abandoned embattled President Nicolas Maduro, throwing her support behind opposition leader Juan Guaido.

Consular officer Scarlet Salazar issued a videotaped statement Monday saying she's living up to her constitutional duty as a career diplomat.

Opposition lawmaker Guaido last week declared that he had assumed presidential powers and will hold fresh elections to restore democracy. The U.S. and several other countries have recognized him as interim president, though Maduro is recognized by most nations, as well as the country's military leadership.

Miami, a stronghold of Venezuelans living in exile.

Salazar says she's staying and will continue to perform her consular duties at the Miami office.