So, if you have been reading the international news lately (hopefully you have), you have probably seen something about Venezuela (if you haven’t, change your news source). You’ve probably heard about how Venezuela effectively has two presidents. BUT WHAT HAPPENED? I’ll answer right now.
For starters, here is what has happened as far as I know:
- President Nicolas Maduro was re-elected in a election widely considered fraudulent.
- Shortly after Maduro was sworn in for his second term, the Venezuelan legislature declared him illegitimate.
- In Venezuela, if the presidency falls vacant, it goes to the president of the legislature.
- In the legislature’s eyes, the presidency has fallen vacant.
- the president of the legislature, Juan Guaido, has been declared president.
- Various countries have declared their support for Guaido, and the US has imposed sanctions. Meanwhile, Maduro claims that this is all because of “western imperialism”
- Today, 30-1-2019, a protest will be staged in favor of Guaido.
- Just so you know, sanctions mean that you do no business with whoever is under sanction.
- My sources are NPR, The New York Times, and The Economist.