Venezuela’s Opposition in a Favorable Position Amid Political Instability

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Since Nicolas Maduro’s narrow victory over opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski in Venezuela’s presidential election last month, tensions have escalated in the country, most recently with rival marches in the streets. Last week, lawmakers engaged in a fistfight in the Legislative Assembly, in an altercation underscoring Venezuela’s political uncertainty following the death of former President Hugo Chavez. Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, called Maduro’s inability to keep order striking. “A lot of his rhetoric and a lot of his actions reflect a kind of flailing about,” Shifter said of Maduro, explaining that while “he is trying to just […]


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