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"Maduro remains committed to riding out the storm." - Expert comment on Venezuela

The Lima Group of Latin American countries has called for a peaceful change in government in Venezuela, without military intervention. But is this realistic considering Maduro's continued refusal to step down?

Dr Tom Long form the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick comments:

"The European Union's deadline for new presidential elections in Venezuela has passed without concessions from the country's incumbent ruler Nicolás Maduro.

"In response, a host of countries, including the UK, have recognized opposition leader and National Assembly president Juan Guaidó as legitimate head of a transitional government. While this adds to the opposition's international prestige, it also shows Maduro's determination to resist pressures.

"Today's international and popular momentum favours Guaidó; however, the status quo favours Maduro, who retains control over most mechanisms of power and enjoys the support of upper echelons of the Venezuelan military. While Guaidó seeks to harness the winds of change, Maduro remains committed to riding out the storm."

ENDS

5 FEBRUARY 2019

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Alice Scott

Media Relations Manger - Science, University of Warwick

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Alice Scott

Media Relations Manger - Science, University of Warwick

E-mail: alice.j.scott@warwick.ac.uk