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The Venezuelan Opposition Votes to Oust Guaido's Interim Government. What Now?

MIN READDec 28, 2022 | 20:38 GMT

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido gestures during the installation of the National Parliament for the legislative period 2022-2023 in Caracas, Venezuela, on Jan. 5, 2022.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido gestures during the installation of the National Parliament for the legislative period 2022-2023 in Caracas, Venezuela, on Jan. 5, 2022.

(PEDRO RANCES MATTEY/AFP via Getty Images)

The end of Venezuela's interim government reflects the weakness of the opposition ahead of upcoming negotiations with Nicolas Maduro's regime in 2023, maintaining the high likelihood of fraudulent elections in 2024 that preserve the authoritarian leader's hold on power. On Dec. 21, the Venezuelan opposition voted to dissolve the interim government led by Juan Guaido, which was formed in 2019 as a way to call for new elections following Maduro's widely disputed electoral victory in 2018. The non-binding motion to remove the temporary ruling body was backed by three of the four major Venezuelan political parties that comprise Venezuela's opposition coalition, with only Guaido's Popular Will party voting against. Lawmakers will vote on whether to ratify the motion on Dec. 29....

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