Weekly Report - 05 January 2023 (WR-23-01)

VENEZUELA: Guaidó’s ousting tips opposition into uncertainty

Four years to the day after he proclaimed himself Venezuela’s ‘interim president’, triggering a political crisis that would divide the international community between supporters and opponents of President Nicolás Maduro, Juan Guaidó’s tenure at the helm of the opposition came to an end on 5 January. Forced out by an opposition vote to dissolve the ‘interim presidency’, it was a humiliating defeat for the man who had once seemed well-positioned to topple Maduro, but who in the past two years has seen his influence wane. Guaidó’s removal threatens to widen divisions in the opposition, and it comes at a time of heightened internal tensions due to the upcoming primary elections.

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