Maduro, Guaidó and Alberto Fernández: The beginning of a new phase in Venezuela?

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The actual complexities of reality are difficult to put into structured, cohesive arguments, leading public debate toward simpler and generally binary discussions. When confronting a level of extreme complexity such as the Venezuelan crisis, Argentina’s political actors tend to align themselves ideologically: to different degrees those close to the ruling “Frente de Todos” coalition defend the regime of Nicolás Maduro, while supporters of the opposing “Juntos por el Cambio” coalition consider it Venezuela’s government to be a dictatorship that must be toppled by any means possible. Hardliners in the opposition close to former president Mauricio Macri continue to use the electoral slogan that “Kirchnerism will take us down the road to Venezuela,” while their counterparts in the pan-Peronist coalition led by Alberto Fernández and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner deny evident human rights violations perpetrated by the Maduro regime, continuing to describe it as “democratic.”

By ForbesAgustino Fontececchia

Jun 29, 2021

For his part, Maduro chatted with Bloomberg Television and, despite lambasting the Yankee imperialists, he made a thinly veiled plea to US President Joe Biden to lift crippling economic sanctions in exchange for concessions. Indeed, in the interview, Maduro asks for the country to be allowed to export oil, gold and other commodities in order to be able to pay bondholders, while inviting US investors to sink capital into the embattled South American nation. “Over the past two years” the Maduro regime has “cut subsidies on everything from gasoline to credit, eliminated price controls, dropped restrictions on imports, and allowed for an ad hoc dollarization of the economy,” writes Bloomberg’s Erik Schatzker (who conducted the interview). “The mandarins of capitalism at the International Monetary Fund couldn’t have scripted it better,” he adds, noting the reforms are pushed by Vice-President Delcy Rodríguez’s adviser Patricio Rivera, Ecuador’s former economy minister.

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