Saturday, July 29, 2017

The beginning of the end for Maduro's Venezuela?

The beginning of the end for Maduro's Venezuela?

In Hungary, a crack opened up between two communist factions that led to a regime change. In Romania, dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was captured, sentenced and executed. In the Soviet Union, the communist bureaucracy produced Gorbachev, a reformist who was surpassed by the forces he had set in motion. When retrograde factions tried to turn the clock back, other reformist leaders, particularly Boris Yeltsin, prevailed, and the rest is history.
But we have never seen what just happened in Venezuela before --an opposition mounting a successful nationwide referendum in defense of its current constitution, against the hostility of a government that no longer thinks its own Chavez-created constitution is enough to guarantee its perpetuity. Is this the beginning of the end for Chavismo and Maduro? Will this turn out to be one of contemporary history's most fascinating transitions to liberal democracy?


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