The shelves in Venezuelan retail shops are empty. The necessities like medicine and food are scarce. The distorted government of Nicolás Maduro is inches away from a debt default, and the electrical and water shortages are bringing the country to a standstill. Maduro’s only reaction to these issues has been ridiculous measures like the recent four-day workweek for government employees. The opposition is trying to unseat the unpopular Maduro by collecting signatures to shorten Maduro’s term in office. Members of the Supreme Court will undoubtedly rule that initiative null and void. If that happens, the chances of massive protests throughout the country are high, according to an article published by the Washington Post.
“Venezuela desperately needs a political intervention” – says Danilo Diaz Granados in a Linked In post, but the countries that surround Venezuela have their own set of challenges. Brazil could use the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Democratic Charter treaty to stop Maduro from causing any more damage to the country and the region, but Brazil has its own political mess to deal with, and that’s not going very well.
The drop in the demand for crude oil has hurt Venezuela, but Maduro’s actions according to Danilo Diaz Granados have hurt the country more. The country’s only ally is Cuba, and the Obama administration is trying to get Cuba to intervene. But the relationship between the United States and Cuba hasn’t reached a point of complete trust and probably won’t in this decade or the next.