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Weekly Report - 21 March 2019 (WR-19-11)

Venezuela’s Guaidó launches “new phase” to topple Maduro

Juan Guaidó has begun a tour of Venezuela’s 23 states in a bid to build momentum behind his claim to the presidency and sweep Nicolás Maduro from office. Guaidó said he was embarking on a new phase, dubbed ‘Operation Freedom’, to stir up support in cities across the country. While he benefitted from the week-long power outage insomuch as for many it underscored the mismanagement and incompetence of the Maduro administration, Guaidó also saw his plans stalled. The country being plunged into darkness for a week, and Internet services down, complicated the coordination of protest action. Guaidó is now trying to regain the initiative after returning to Venezuela from a mini tour of the region on 4 March.

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