Venezuela: A Military Leader's Break With Maduro Hints at an Amnesty Deal

Feb 22, 2019 | 21:19 GMT

On Feb. 21, former Venezuelan military intelligence chief Hugo Carvajal posted a video to social media where he both called for the armed forces to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro, and announced his recognition of Juan Guaido’s claim to the interim presidency. Regime change in Venezuela would, by all other accounts, risk Carvajal’s imprisonment in the country or prosecution in the United States, where he still faces extradition after being detained on cocaine trafficking charges in 2014. Therefore, his sudden renouncement of Maduro hints that the opposition and United States’ efforts at negotiating political amnesty with Venezuelan military officials have yielded a satisfactory agreement. ...

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