Political Guarantees for All Are Crucial to Venezuela’s Election

By Michael Penfold

A negotiated settlement between Chavismo and the opposition is the key to a successful election and democratic transition.

CARACAS— After eleven years of embattled rule at the hands of Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela is set to hold, on July 28, its most consequential presidential election. The contest represents a unique opportunity for the country to enter a cycle of re-institutionalization and democratization. The vote may also usher the oil-rich nation into an era of economic recovery and stability that could see many citizens return.  Therefore, an electoral outcome that all political actors recognize as legitimate represents the only current constitutional path available to restore the rule of law, address...

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