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Weekly Report - 26 September 2019 (WR-19-38)

VENEZUELA: Maduro suffers reverses

Nicolás Maduro is no stranger to excoriating criticism from foreign powers and international forums. But even he might have been surprised by the number of actors participating in a series of parallel meetings on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) who subscribed to coordinated action to restore the constitutional order in Venezuela and end what the widely recognised interim president Juan Guaidó terms Maduro’s “usurpation of power”. First it was the Lima Group of hemispheric nations to agree to adopt new sanctions, then it was the turn of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR), or Rio Treaty, and finally US President Donald Trump met regional leaders, promising unstinting support for removing Maduro and restoring democracy in Venezuela.

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