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Venezuela's Election Is a Foregone Conclusion. But What About the U.S. Response?

May 20, 2018 | 10:47 GMT
Henri Falcon, an opposition candidate in Venezuela's presidential elections, waves during the closing rally of his campaign ahead of the May 20 presidential election, which is largely expected to result in a win for the incumbent, President Nicolas Maduro.

Henri Falcon, an opposition candidate in Venezuela's presidential elections, waves during the closing rally of his campaign ahead of the May 20 presidential election, which is largely expected to result in a win for the incumbent, President Nicolas Maduro.

(FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images)

Venezuela has moved forward with holding its May 20 presidential election, even though the United States, the European Union and most of Latin America have announced that they consider the election illegitimate because of the Venezuelan government's increasingly authoritarian behavior. In December 2017, President Nicolas Maduro's ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela barred the opposition coalition Democratic Unity Roundtable from running in the election. With less competition, Maduro is all but guaranteed to remain in office, even though his party's popularity has waned since the last election in 2013....

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