Maduro pulls a fast one with disorganized opposition by expediting Venezuela’s election

Article Appeared in The Washington TimesBUENOS AIRES — Venezuela’s economy is imploding, the country has one of the world’s highest homicide rates, and a number of top officials, including the vice president, face sanctions from the U.S. and European nations.

But embattled President Nicolas Maduro may be cruising to a second six-year term after his regime’s abrupt decision last week to move up the coming election, catching an already battered opposition off guard.

Amid widespread food and medicine shortages and five-digit hyperinflation, the socialist president’s approval ratings hover in the mid-20 percent range. But if the opposition fails to unify behind a common strategy and viable challenger ahead of the vote — now expected before May — the heir and protege of anti-U.S. populist Hugo Chavez will likely cling to power and extend the political crisis that has gripped the country. …



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