Weekly Report - 10 January 2019 (WR-19-01)

VENEZUELA: Maduro poised to go beyond point of no return

“I will be sworn-in on 10 January come hell or high water.” This was the response issued by Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro to a declaration issued by the Lima Group of Western Hemisphere countries that it will no longer recognise him as the country’s legitimate president should he be sworn-in for another presidential term. Maduro’s defiance means Venezuela is heading towards the complete breakdown of democratic order which could see it ostracised by the international community and fall into domestic political chaos.

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