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Weekly Report - 08 October 2020 (WR-20-40)

VENEZUELA: Guaidó seeks to seize the initiative

In rejecting an offer by the European Union (EU) to send a mission to observe Venezuela’s upcoming legislative election (in exchange for a six-month delay to the vote, and further negotiations to “improve democratic conditions”), Nicolás Maduro’s government seems to have finally ended the possibility of any meaningful opposition participation on 6 December. Instead, Maduro has handed the initiative back to opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who has another chance - perhaps his last - to be the catalyst for political change in Venezuela.

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