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In Washington, the Venezuelan Opposition Has Already Won

Uri Friedman
In Washington, the Venezuelan Opposition Has Already Won

In Washington, D.C., Juan Guaidó and his representatives are feted as Venezuela’s only true leaders. Guaidó, who has rocketed from obscurity to renown in mere months, is now recognized as Venezuela’s interim president by more than 50 countries. It’s the culmination of a long, fitful effort by the country’s motley opposition—many of whom are presently imprisoned, in hiding, or in exile—to resist the authoritarian turn Maduro has taken since the death of his predecessor, the revolutionary socialist Hugo Chávez, in 2013.