Weekly Report - 27 October 2022 (WR-22-43)

Opposition divisions resurface in Venezuela

Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó, already battling slipping international support for his claim to be the country’s legitimate president, is now facing widening fissures within his fractious Plataforma Unitaria Democrática (PUD) coalition. Roberto Marrero, Guaidó’s former chief of staff and a leading voice in the Voluntad Popular (VP) opposition party, resigned from VP on 21 October with a stinging criticism of Guaidó, accusing him of squandering his chance to force President Nicolás Maduro from power. Guaidó cannot afford to let the PUD descend into further infighting, with Maduro suggesting that the 2024 presidential election could be brought forward to 2023 in an apparent attempt to catch the opposition off guard.

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