Venezuela on a Knife’s Edge Ahead of Upcoming Elections

Venezuela on a Knife’s Edge Ahead of Upcoming Elections
An opposition member walks under a Venezuelan flag during a rally in Caracas, Venezuela, Sept. 19, 2015 (AP photo by Fernando Llano).

With a month left until Venezuela’s pivotal parliamentary elections, the country has been jolted by accusations that the government’s case against a top opposition leader was a sham. Meanwhile, President Nicolas Maduro is vowing that he will not surrender power under any circumstances. The stage is now set for the country’s already turbulent political environment to become even more dangerously unstable. Despite the highly charged political rhetoric, it is not politics but basic subsistence needs that dominate the concerns of most Venezuelans. Shortages of all manner of basic goods, triple-digit inflation and off-the-charts crime rates have made life a daily […]

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