Juan Guaidó, the man who a year ago launched a bid to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro

Juan Guaidó

Juan Guaidó, the man who a year ago launched a bid to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, arrived in Spain on Saturday, where a thriving community of Venezuelans and a storm among Spanish political parties awaited him.

Guaidó, Venezuela’s main opposition leader, is on an international tour to bolster support for his U.S.-backed effort to remove Maduro from power and lead the country until a presidential election deemed to be transparent can be held.

After stops in London, Paris and the Davos Economic Forum earlier last week, where Guaidó was received by the European Union’s leadership and heads of government including Britain’s Boris Johnson and France’s Emmanuel Macron, Guaidó faced a more difficult situation here.

Despite being one of the nearly 60 countries that last year recognized Guaidó as Venezuela’s interim president, Spain’s new left-wing coalition has not granted the politician an audience with Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez.

Instead, Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya held a brief meeting with the 36-year-old politician.