The European Union is poised to legitimise the dictatorial regime of Nicolas Maduro, commentators have warned, describing the move as a “dreadful error of judgement”.
By – Express – Charlie Bradley
Sep 18, 2020
Venezuela is a country in crisis as its president, Nicolas Maduro, remains in power five years after a surprising election in which the opposition in Caracas secured a majority in the country’s legislature. However, Mr Maduro’s rule has been characterised by human rights transgressions, quashing of dissent and anti-democratic practices. After the vote, Mr Maduro attempted to form a new legislature composed of political allies – rewriting the country’s constitution and sparking international outrage. This came amid Venezuela’s worsening economic crisis as US sanctions failed to oust Mr Maduro from the presidency.
The row has raged on for years, but could come to a controversial end if a deal is agreed with the help of the EU.
The bloc has been involved in negotiations between the Venezuelan regime and opposition figures.
Earlier this month, reports suggested that the EU helped broker an agreement between Mr Maduro and opposition figures.