The Venezuelan Guaidó looks for a second chance after trying 'everything'

CARACAS: tried everything in 2019 to force the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, of power, without success. However, the 36-year-old opposition leader has promised to relaunch the offensive this year.

He is scheduled to be re-elected to his position on Sunday, but it is the main job currently occupied by the socialist leader Maduro that he is looking for.

A little less than a year after he declared himself interim president, to a degree recognized by the United States and more than 50 countries, Guaidó is committed to resist and insist.

His struggle for power began brilliantly when Guaidó showed ingenuity and ability to gather supporters to protest and challenge Maduro's authority in several ways, including breaching a travel ban.

But his challenge was exhausted during the second half of 2019, although he has never given up his demand that the usurper Maduro resign so that a transitional government can take over before the new elections.

Guaidó, like many in the international community, believes that the reelection of the leader in 2018 was fraudulent.

Juan is ready to take on the challenge, there is no doubt about it, lawmaker Olivia Lozano, a member of the Popular Will de Guaidó party, told AFP.

I am a survivor, not a victim, Guaido said, remembering how he survived one of Venezuela's worst natural disasters as a teenager: that of December 1999, when landslides caused by torrential rain killed thousands of people .

At that time, Guaido lived with his mother and five siblings in the coastal state of Vargas.

I know what it means to be hungry, he said.

Hunger is something that millions in your country are intimately familiar with now. Venezuela's economy has collapsed, with a shortage of cash, food, medicines and other basic elements that have led millions of people to flee.

Guaido's survival instincts will surely be tested this year with the planned parliamentary elections.

Maduro has promised to leave Guaido and his supporters marginalized.

The National Assembly is the only branch of government in the hands of the opposition and Guaido cannot afford to lose it, despite all its decision since 2017 it has been overturned by the Supreme Court, which is loyal to Maduro.

Guaido, however, is capable of dealing with crisis situations, said fellow opposition lawmaker Delsa Solórzano.

In a country accustomed to authoritarian leaders with great personalities, Guaido is not natural.

He has never been a great public speaker, but he made history a year ago when he became the youngest person to preside over the legislature.

Its prolific use of social networks has certainly helped. He has 4.4 million followers on Instagram and another 2.3 million on Twitter.

And he has proven to be a talented coalition builder, something that the divided and disorganized opposition of Venezuela urgently needed, especially with several of its former leaders imprisoned or exiled.

Maduro, the successor chosen by the hand of the late left-wing sailor Hugo Chávez, has dismissed Guaidó as a child playing politics.

Guaidó remains firm in his promise to end 20 years of Chavismo and resolve the economic crisis in Venezuela.

You may not have achieved your main goal in 2019, but you will get a second chance, according to Benigno Alarcón, director of political and government studies at the Andrés Bello Catholic University in Caracas.

However, Guaidó will have to change the strategy in a more realistic way.

His main failure was to try to open a gap between Maduro and the armed forces, whose support has been crucial in keeping him in power.

Maduro can also count on the support of China, Russia and Cuba.

According to a survey conducted by Datanalisis, Guaido has seen its popularity drop dramatically, from 63 percent at its peak to only 39 percent in December.

Recent accusations of corruption among his intimate circle have been detrimental, but he remains the most popular political figure in Venezuela, according to the president of Washington.

A virtual stranger before his dramatic self-appointment on January 23 of last year, Guaido has had to absorb some blows.

He failed in an attempt to bring humanitarian aid in February that he hoped would demonstrate his ability to meet the needs of people in food and medicine shortages.

And an uprising attempt in April quickly failed as it did not attract much support from members of the armed forces.

The Norwegian-mediated peace talks also failed to make any progress in the Guaidó cause.

Industrial training engineer, the Catholic father of a two-year-old says he has tried everything.

Washington has sanctioned the main figures of the regime, but Shifter warns that Guaido also faces the possibility of losing the US president. UU. Donald Trump Support from.

Trump has apparently lost some interest in Venezuela since last January. He was led to believe that Maduro's fall was imminent, Shifter said.