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Weekly Report - 10 September 2020 (WR-20-36)

Venezuela’s electoral struggle intensifies

Venezuela’s opposition figurehead Juan Guaidó made an effort to reassert his authority this week after twice former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski defied his call to boycott legislative elections on 6 December [WR-20-35]. Guaidó is not budging from his position that it is senseless to take part in elections that will not be fought on an even playing field and that would serve the purposes of the de facto president Nicolás Maduro by fostering the illusion of democratic credibility in Venezuela to the outside world. But while the bulk of the opposition remains aligned with Guaidó, there is considerable disquiet with this approach, which could see the opposition lose relevance, and become an ever-more marginalised political force.

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