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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 15 March 2019

VENEZUELA: Maduro rocked by new “coup” attempt

There have been many different kinds of coup attempts denounced by Nicolás Maduro since he was sworn in as Venezuela’s president in April 2013. Most commonly condemned has been an “economic coup” but in September 2013, just five months after taking office, Maduro coined the term “electricity coup” after what at that stage was one of the worst power outages in Venezuelan history. Fast forward five-and-a-half years and this has been updated to “electromagnetic coup” after a week-long blackout affecting the whole country that surpassed the severity of anything preceding it. The lapse of time between these (far from isolated) incidents underpins opposition claims that the Maduro administration is guilty of longstanding neglect of the electricity system; the Maduro administration accuses the opposition-controlled national assembly, assisted by the US, of advanced sabotage.

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