Survey on Guaidó’s Self-Declaration as Venezuelan President
By Emma Raiteri
Juan Guaidó, the 35-year-old leader of the opposition in Venezuela and head of the National Assembly, declared himself as acting, interim president of Venezuela. This move came after Nicolas Maduro was sworn into his second term as President, following an election process which many have called undemocratic. Venezuela’s crisis has been characterised by massive inflation – predicted by the IMF to reach 10,000,000% this year – and has caused one of the largest humanitarian crises in the Western hemisphere. The struggle between Maduro and Guaidó will depend greatly on international recognition of the latter, who has been recognised by the US, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Peru. Russia, China, Cuba and Turkey continue recognising Maduro.
Self-declaration as President, 23/01/2019
Does the decision ameliorate the stability of the international system as a whole or does it lead to greater instability and increased tension?
+ 3Strong increase in international stability
+ 2Moderate increase in international stability
+ 1Slight increase in international stability
0No change in international stability
- 1Slight decrease in international stability
- 2Moderate decrease in international stability
- 3Strong decrease in international stability
Is the decision durable and are there the necessary resources to maintain it over an extended period of time?
Final year International Relations undergraduate student at the London School of Economics. Passionate about current issues such as immigration and the changing role of the state, and intrigued by how the strategic interactions between the public, private and non-profit sectors can contribute to a more sustainable and equitable future.