Venezuela's Guaido Calls For 'Sincere Unity' After Election Defeat

Venezuela's Guaido Calls For 'Sincere Unity' After Election Defeat

Andrew H. Sweet

The fractured opposition broke a three-year election boycott to participate in mayoral and gubernatorial votes but paid for its failure to put up single candidates against President Nicolas Maduro’s ruling United Socialist Party (PSUV).

Opposition figures won in only three out of 23 states, while Maduro allies won 18 governorships and are well-positioned to claim the final two. Guaido has lost much of the luster he gained with his audacious bid in January 2019 to oust Maduro through the popular will.

Although around 60 countries recognized Guaido's claim to be acting president, much of the opposition broke ranks and rejected him as their leader.

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