Venezuelan Opposition Eyes Negotiated Transition

Would give Socialist Party positions in transitional government

While the US has endorsed regime change in Venezuela and recognizes opposition leader Juan Guaido as president, the Maduro government remains in power. It is starting to lead to opposition figures considering a new approach.

The opposition is now looking at a possibility previously ignored: negotiations. There are even suggestions of giving the ruling Socialist Party some posts in a transitional government to advance things along.

Some European nations were trying to facilitate such negotiations and transition weeks ago, only for the US to angrily condemn the notion, insisting that the regime change was unstoppable, and everyone needs to just accept Maduro is gone.

It’s not clear how the US will react to the opposition taking the same approach, though the Trump Administration seems to be focused on ensuring no Socialist Party figures remain in Venezuela’s government, and that is likely a higher priority than an election or seeing Guaido installed as president.

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