Creeping coup

Print edition : March 01, 2019

President Nicolas Maduro addressing the troops at the naval base of Turiamo, Aragua State, on February 3. Photo: MARCELO GARCIA/AFP

Juan Guaido, Venezuela’s opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim President, at a rally in Caracas on February 2 against Maduro’s government. Photo: CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/ REUTERS

Maduro’s supporters at a rally in downtown Caracas on January 31. Photo: REUTERS

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. He urged Guaido to invoke Article 233 of the Venezuelan Constitution to claim presidential powers. Photo: JOE RAEDLE/AFP

U.S. President Donald Trump. In comments broadcast on February 3, he said a military intervention in Venezuela was “an option”. Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton at the White House in Washington, D.C., on January 28, when the Trump administration announced economic sanctions against Venezuela and the state-owned oil company, PDVSA. Photo: JIM YOUNG/REUTERS

In an abortive bid to overthrow the elected government of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela, the U.S. recognises Juan Guaido as the “interim” President and orders that revenue from its sale of Venezuelan oil be diverted to the puppet regime.
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