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Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido during a meeting in Caracas, Venezuela Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido during a meeting with members of the opposition in Caracas, Venezuela, Dec. 18, 2019 (AP photo by Matias Delacroix).

Ahead of Elections, Venezuela’s Divided Opposition Is at a Dead End

Friday, Sept. 18, 2020

After a rare period of unity, Venezuela’s opposition recently splintered over a familiar issue: whether to contest an election.

A coalition of parties aligned with opposition leader Juan Guaido plans to boycott legislative elections that are scheduled for December, on the grounds that they will be rigged. Henrique Capriles, another prominent opposition figure, heads a much smaller faction that recently announced it will participate in the vote if electoral conditions are improved. That move could play into the hands of Venezuela’s repressive president, Nicolas Maduro, who is hoping to win international recognition of the election even though it will be neither free nor fair. ...

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