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Weekly Report - 14 May 2020 (WR-20-19)

VENEZUELA: Guaidó fighting for survival

Juan Guaidó has endured some uncomfortable weeks since he assumed the presidency of the opposition-controlled national assembly and decided to take on the de facto government led by Nicolás Maduro over 16 months ago, but nothing compares with the last one. Widely recognised as Venezuela’s interim president, Guaidó has tried to duck allegations of involvement in the contracting of mercenaries to carry out an armed operation, ‘Gideon’, to “extract” Maduro and close allies [WR-20-18], claiming it was all “a show staged by the dictatorship”. But his remonstrations have failed to convince even his principal allies within the opposition coalition, throwing his leadership into question.

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