Venezuela’s Grand Bargain

By Mark Feierstein

Maduro and the opposition must overcome differences to salvage this year's presidential election, writes an expert on hemispheric relations.

The Venezuelan government's recent decision to ratify the disqualification of the leading opposition leader from running for president in this year’s election was disappointing but hardly a surprise. President Nicolás Maduro knows he would likely lose to María Corina Machado, a longtime strident critic of the regime, and fears she would hold him and his allies accountable for corruption and human rights abuses. But there’s still a path to a credible contest, with Machado reinstated, if Maduro recognizes it is in his interest to negotiate with his hardline foe. As authorities still...

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