Venezuela Rejects US Proposal for Regime Change

US would ease sanctions in return for Maduro's ouster

The US is clearly not giving up on plans for regime change in Venezuela, and on Tuesday made a proposal of sanctions relief in return for the ouster of President Maduro and the establishment of a transitional government.

This was materially the proposal made by US-backed “president” Guaido, though the US version would’ve seen Guaido sidelined as well in favor of transitional council of other people in power. Venezuela, unsurprisingly, rejected this proposal.

This is the latest in a series of attempts by the US since early 2019 to impose regime change in Venezuela. Sometimes it has come in the form of declaring that a new ruler is in power, and in this case it was just a proposal. So far, all have failed.

Venezuela is facing the coronavirus now, which is why Guaido made his proposal, suggesting US aid would flow if he was given power. That might well be the case, but polls have suggested Guadio isn’t very popular at this point, and few want to see him taking over.

Author: Jason Ditz

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