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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrives for a press conference at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrives for a press conference at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, March 12, 2020 (AP photo by Matias Delacroix).

The Clumsy U.S. Indictment of Maduro Could Actually Help Venezuela’s Transition

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The U.S. Justice Department’s indictment of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in March did not go over well at Miraflores Palace, the president’s official workplace and residence in Caracas. In remarks just hours after the indictment was announced, Maduro swatted away the allegations of drug trafficking and money laundering, and assailed President Donald Trump as a “racist cowboy” and “New York mafia con artist.”

Even many of Maduro’s critics in the United States were quick to question the move. Understandably, they fear the criminal charges undermine negotiations between Maduro and his domestic opponents, including Juan Guaido, the opposition leader who is recognized as Venezuela’s legitimate interim president by the United States and dozens of other governments. ...

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