Uta Thofern, DW: Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro has lost all legitimacy
Up to now, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has at least ruled as an elected leader. As he begins his second term, it seems the last vestiges of democracy in the country are gone, writes DW’s Uta Thofern.
Venezuela’s last genuinely free elections were held in 2015. The opposition won that vote by a landslide, which international observers interpreted as a glimmer of hope for the country and its run-down economy. But, alas, this optimism did not last long. President Nicolas Maduro and his Chavistas soon began hollowing out the country’s democratic institutions — abolishing the rule of law and the separation of power.
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