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Aid scandal leaves Venezuela’s Guaido vulnerable

Friday, June 21, 2019

Significance

His calls come amid a corruption scandal surrounding his efforts in February to encourage military defections and force humanitarian aid into Venezuela from Colombia. While the sums involved are modest, they are a major embarrassment for Guaido, undermining his leadership and threatening significant political implications.

Impacts

  • The allegations will benefit the Maduro government, legitimising its claims of opposition corruption and graft.
  • The revelations will erode Guaido’s waning authority over radical right elements of the broader opposition movement.
  • The incident raises concerns about the opacity of opposition funding sources.
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