Venezuela’s political crisis appears to be coming to a climax. Our last briefing about the status of Venezuela focused on the legal recourses available to the opposition to depose President Nicolás Maduro. In the last week, the political and institutional situation in Venezuela has quickly deteriorated. During this time, there were large-scale marches against the government, rumors of military intervention, rumors of a planned popular uprising – similar to what we saw in Kiev – and a state of emergency was declared. The opposition and general populace appear to be on the cusp of desperation, which in turn makes widespread social unrest and violence almost certain.
Since taking control of the National Assembly at the start of the year, the opposition coalition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) has pursued legal means of deposing Maduro. Given that the opposition only occupies one of five branches of government, its efforts have been thwarted by the othe
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