This story is from Democracy Digest:
Under the cover of COVID-19 and with little public backlash, Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has taken a series of steps to further weaken his opposition ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for later this year. On June 12, the administration-controlled Supreme Court appointed five members to the board of Venezuela’s National Electoral Council, the public organization tasked with administering, organizing and carrying out elections Among the group were not only longtime Maduro loyalists, but also dissident members of the opposition, Félix Seijas Rodríguez writes for Americas Quarterly.
Opposition leader Juan Guaidó and his allies must now decide how to react to fraud in the legislative election, The Economist observes:
Some factions of the opposition may participate to guarantee their political futures, as some did in the presidential election in 2018. That would confuse opposition supporters and give Mr Maduro a chance to claim the vote is fair. “Such dynamics will all but guarantee that the opposition loses control of the National Assembly,” says Eurasia Group, a consultancy. Opposition legislators who are not re-elected would lose immunity from prosecution, points out Crisis Group, a think-tank. That would force them into exile. If Mr Guaidó no longer leads the legislature, his foreign allies will also have to have a rethink.
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