Smolansky: “We just need the armed forces to take the step”

By Cecilia Tornaghi

In an AQ exclusive, the exiled opposition leader speaks about Venezuela’s “unified front” and his friend Juan Guaidó.

Venezuela’s National Guard, whose support for President Nicolás Maduro has endured despite the country’s dire economic and humanitarian conditions, is beginning to show signs of a break. A budding insurgency within the force was quashed over the weekend, but not before the dozens of protesting guards used 21st century weapons - videos and social media posts stating they didn’t recognize Maduro as president – to rally support for their cause.

Since Jan. 11, two men have been claiming Venezuela’s presidency: Maduro, whose election to a second term is being disputed at home and by most...

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