Venezuela’s Maduro Rejects Call for Snap Elections

Guaido, protesters demand Maduro's removal from power

While Maduro’s reelection in 2018 has been rejected by the United States because of record low turnouts, Maduro is rejecting the idea of a new snap election, saying the international demands amount to blackmail, and that the vote should wait until 2025.

Interim President Juan Guaido, who declared himself president last week, is said to intend to ultimately call for fresh elections. Protesters backing Guaido have taken to the streets to try to get Maduro removed from power.

There is a near-term focus on trying to get the military to stop backing Maduro’s government. While the Trump Administration has suggested the Venezuelan military could easily impose regime change on their own, they also seem to be able to block the US-backed Guaido regime change.

Maduro, for his part, is pushing for the military to maintain unity, and is blaming neighboring Colombia for recent desertions. Colombia has been backing regime change and was recently tapped as potentially hosting 5,000 US troops aimed at Venezuela.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.