UCF Global Perspectives


Venezuelan Power Struggle

Aldyn Edwards, Lester N. Mandell Diplomacy Fellow

January 31, 2019

The Venezuelan government is facing a power struggle after opposition leader, Juan Guaido, declared himself “interim president” of Venezuela on January 23, 2019 (Venezuela Analysis). This followed the re-election of President Nicolás Maduro, where allegations of vote-buying began spreading (Reuters). The United States (US), Canadian, Brazilian, Argentinean, and Colombian governments have all recognized Guaido has interim president. The Cuban and Bolivian governments, however; are supporting Maduro (Venezuela Analysis).

In response to the US, Maduro announced that all US personnel in Venezuela had 72 hours to leave. Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, announced that Maduro does not have the authority to remove US diplomats from Venezuela (Venezuela Analysis). The US government has also announced that they will implement sanctions on Venezuela’s national oil company (TWP). US President Donald Trump stated, “I will continue to use the full weight of United States economic and diplomatic power to press for the restoration of Venezuelan democracy” (Venezuela Analysis).





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