Guaido: Opposition Holding Secret Talks with Venezuelan Military

Admits ousting Maduro will require military support

In an opinion piece published Wednesday evening, Venezuela’s would-be interim President and opposition leader Juan Guaido confirmed that his faction is engaged in secret talks with members of Venezuela’s military, trying to gin up support for regime change.

Guaido conceded in the comments that the “transition” to his rule would require support from certain key parts of the military. He added that there have been offers of “amnesty” for those who are not guilty of crimes against humanity.

So far, all indications are that the Venezuelan military is securely behind President Maduro, despite offers of amnesty and US cajoling. Bringing enough of them on board for a regime change is a tall order.

Analysts warn that the efforts are also risky, potentially leading to a schism within the Venezuelan military that could lead to open fighting and a broad civil war. Though this might serve as an excuse for the oft-threatened US intervention, it would likely be disastrous for Venezuela’s already struggling economy.



Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.