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Legislative Elections Risk Leaving Venezuela’s Opposition in Shambles

MIN READSep 11, 2020 | 16:48 GMT

Opposition leader Juan Guaido speaks at an event in Caracas, Venezuela, on Feb. 11, 2020.

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Disputes within Venezuela’s opposition over whether to boycott the country’s Dec. 6 legislative elections will likely enable President Nicolas Maduro to remain in power through at least the first half of 2021 by further weakening the legitimacy and influence of both Juan Guiado and his interim government. Guaido, who assumed an interim presidency in 2019, has proposed boycotting the upcoming elections for the National Assembly, citing concerns that the vote will be rigged by the Maduro regime. But prominent members of Venezuela’s opposition coalition, which Guiado currently heads, have since come out against his position. ...

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