Venezuela’s Maduro Has Been Able to Count on Support From the Military

Past tense: “has.” Venezuelan general defects as anti-Maduro rallies draw huge crowds.

A high-ranking Venezuelan general called on the armed forces to rebel against President Nicolas Maduro and to recognise the opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim chief as huge crowds rallied against the head of state, adding pressure on Maduro to step down.

It doesn’t say, in the linked article, but Francisco Yánez is a general in Venezuela’s Air Force.

Washington, along with many countries in the western hemisphere, has recognised Guaido as the legitimate president, arguing that Maduro stole his second term, and imposed potentially crippling sanctions this week that are likely to further weaken the OPEC nation’s struggling oil industry.

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