It’s time for Maduro to step aside

Related image

Last May, they had an election in Venezuela and lots of people in and out of the country did not buy the results.

This week, a group of Latin American countries are calling on Maduro to step aside, as we see in this report from The New York Times:

Thirteen nations announced on Friday that they would not recognize the legitimacy of the new presidential term of Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela, who is set to be inaugurated next week for a second time.

Diplomats from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and St. Lucia issued a joint statement after meeting in the Peruvian capital, denouncing last year’s election as flawed and urging Mr. Maduro to hand power to the opposition-controlled National Assembly until another election could be held.

So what will Maduro do? It depends who you ask; you get answers both ways.

My favorite answer came from a Venezuelan friend in Dallas. He is here and trying to get his wife out of the country. Back home, he was a journalist and ran into trouble with the regime over news reporting.

His position is that Maduro is waiting for a deal, or some kind of guarantee that he won’t be jailed and protection for his team.
Who would be in a position to give him a sanctuary?

Cuba is out because the regime is calling on citizens to tighten their belts again.

Mexico is out because they don’t like to get involved.

Brazil is out because new President Jair Bolsonaro would probably throw Maduro in jail with Lula.

Colombia is not going to do it. Forget Argentina.

It leaves two options: Canada or Spain. My guess is that Spain would be a better fit because of the natural historical relationship between the two countries.

No matter where he goes, my sense is that Maduro would like an option to get out. The alternative is to stay as president and that’s not going to work.

PS:   You can listen to my show (Canto Talk) and follow me on Twitter.