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Cuba and Nicaragua are the only countries that support the dictatorial regime in Venezuela. What will happen on January 10?
The arrival of Bolsonaro to power, not only makes Brazil tremble but every Latin American country. The fact that one of the most important countries in the continent is governed by a right-wing candidate creates important alliances within a political framework resentful of the left.
Leer en español: Nicolás Maduro: más solo que nunca
Within this scenario is the government of Nicolás Maduro, whose mandate will come to an end on January 10. However, there will be no candidate to take the place, because the elections held on May 20, 2018, were declared unconstitutional. Given this, the Venezuelan constitution proposes that the president of the Constituent Assembly will be the president-elect, while a final decision is made.
With the alliances generated, the abandonment comes from countries that sympathized with the Maduro regime. Such is the case of Bolivia, with Evo Morales in command. There is no doubt that Morales prioritizes trade relations with Brazil, and it shows this was his assistance to the possession of Bolsonaro, which he accepted inorder to reinforce his bonds of brotherhood. "We appreciate the invitation of Brother President Bolsonaro and we wish him good management for the good of the brother people of Brazil," the president said in his social networks.
Agradecemos la invitación del hermano Pdte. @jairbolsonaro y le auguramos una buena gestión para bien del hermano pueblo de Brasil. Bolivia y Brasil son vecinos de por vida. Respetando diferencias, tenemos la misión de trabajar de manera conjunta en beneficio de nuestros pueblos. pic.twitter.com/oDVQybBcsj— Evo Morales Ayma (@evoespueblo) 1 de enero de 2019
Despite having expressed support for the Venezuelan government, Evo Morales' priorities over business and agreements prevail more than the support of Nicolás Maduro as president.
On the other hand, Colombian Foreign Minister, Carlos Holmes Trujillo, in an interview with the Colombian media El Tiempo, affirmed that Maduro "is increasingly alone and therefore takes refuge in the rhetoric of the threat and the invention of conspiracies." Likewise, he affirmed that both commercial and diplomatic relations are very deteriorated, but that Colombia will always be open to the option of dialogue.
Not only in Latin America
As reported by the Eju media, former supporter Pablo Iglesias, and who was the leader of the populist party of Spain (Podemos), acknowledged in the Spanish Parliament that "the political and economic situation (of Venezuela) is now disastrous. I do not share some things that I said in the past. " Little by little, those who were supporters are desisting from their ideals when they realize the situation that is happening in the country.
On the other hand, Maduro felt supported by one of the world powers (Russia), who according to him, would defend him from the attempts that were made to overthrow him. However, the support bubble exploded when Russia reported that strategic bombing planes, capable of transporting nuclear weapons, were to be removed from the country.
The next step
Both Cuba and Nicaragua are the only countries that continue to express conditional support for the Maduro government. Given this, 13 countries (members of the Lima Group) hope to join to put pressure on what will happen on January 10 . However, Nicolás Madres insists that he will start a new presidential government.
It is expected that the set of countries increase pressure on Venezuela, and there has been saying that it'll be economic blockades, closure of embassies, the resignation of the head of state and the demand for the return to democracy. These 13 countries receive the support of Mike Pompeo, who made the call to "help those who suffer in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua under the weight of dictatorships," as La Prensa stresses.
Added to this, the OAS (Organization of American States) hopes to achieve a Permanent Council on January 10, in which a vote will be taken on whether Nicolás Maduro's second presidential term would be recognized.
There is no doubt that the support Nicolás Maduro receives is coming to an end. What happens on January 10 will be key to see if democracy can be restored in Venezuela, or if, therefore, Maduro is willing to face all the consequences of assuming power, when his election was given in a fraudulent manner.
LatinAmerican Post | Laura Viviana Guevara Muñoz
Translated from "Nicolás Maduro: más solo que nunca"