With the United States seeking an election in the Latin American country of Venezuela offering it the ultimatum of eight days to implement that, the political crisis in the embattled country has reached its threshold.
Recently, the Venezuelan National Assembly, in which the opposition enjoys upper hand, selected Juan Guaido as the interim President of the country.
The US and most western countries, including Germany, France and the United Kingdom, recognised Mr Guaido as the legitimate leader of Venezuela.
In retaliation, Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro ordered the closedown of the US embassy in the country.
The US refused the obey Mr Maduro’s order, citing that no person other than Mr Guaido had the right to give such an order.
In Venezuela, the situation is very complicated. The country is in the edge of severe economic crisis. Even basic goods are not available. There is a strong mood among the public in favour of the regime change.
What helps Mr Maduro to hang on to the power is his goodwill among the soldiers; the leftist government Mr Maduro runs pays regular salary hikes and incentives to its soldiers despite the crisis.
While the west assembles behind Mr Guaido, Russia, Turkey and Mexico reach to the support of Mr Maduro.
Anyway, this time, it seems that the US is very serious. The support Mr Maduro gets from Russia, Mexico, Turkey and his soldiers may not be enough to resist the latest pressure.
The US has already warned that it would react heavily if it tries to hurt Mr Guaido or its diplomats. Actually, it is the fear of that retaliation that prompted Mr Maduro to forget his order to expel the US embassy from his country.
The US is of the view that Cuba is the element that plays in Venezuela. In its latest warning, the US has mentioned its suspicion about Cuba’s involvement in Venezuela clearly.
Vignesh. S. G
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