Political tensions in crisis-stricken Venezuela are reaching boiling point.
It comes after opposition leader Juan Guaido stood in the streets of the capital city last week and declared himself as the country's "acting president."
Alongside several other countries, the U.S. immediately recognized Guaido as the Latin American country's rightful interim leader, ramping up the pressure on President Nicolas Maduro.
It has thrust Venezuela into uncharted territory — with the oil-rich, but cash-poor, country in the midst of the Western Hemisphere's worst humanitarian crisis in recent memory.
So, what happened exactly? Why is this political crisis unique? And where do we go from here?