Despite countless protests over the past several years and mounting international pressure, Nicolas Maduro is still president of Venezuela. Most government institutions at the national level still report to him, the military continues to back him and his diplomatic staff continue to carry out his agenda. This all suggests that his tenure in office is far from over, despite what his opponents, especially opposition leader Juan Guaido, would have people believe. Indeed, two and a half months after Guaido declared himself president, Maduro is still calling the shots in Caracas. It seems many, including the United States, have underestimated Maduro’s grip on power and overestimated the opposition’s ability to bring about regime change.
Losing Faith in the Opposition
Only a couple months ago, Guaido appeared to have momentum on his side, having won the backing of several foreign governments and having organized protests that seemed to test the limits of Maduro’s control. But se
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