Maduro and Guaido face mounting schisms in Venezuela

Monday, August 12, 2019

Significance

President Nicolas Maduro's government pulled out of talks with Guaido scheduled to be held in Barbados last week. This was in protest at a further escalation of US sanctions on Venezuela announced on August 5. The Norwegian-sponsored dialogue efforts may get back on track, but they face stiff opposition from Washington and more radical elements of the Guaido alliance.

Impacts

  • The executive order moves the United States closer to a full embargo on Venezuela, but no nearer to removing Maduro from office.
  • Discord in the Guaido alliance will lead to a splintering of opposition groups.
  • The decision to withdraw from the Barbados talks has deepened schisms within the ruling PSUV.
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