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AQ Podcast |  Venezuela’s Election: How It Could Play Out

Venezuela's election is coming up soon. How likely is it that the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro will accept the result?
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Venezuelans are scheduled to vote for president on July 28th. In today’s episode, we look at the state of the negotiations between the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro and the opposition, assess how inclined Maduro is to accept a possible defeat, and if there’s any chance for a transition to democracy. The opposition candidate Edmundo González Urrutia, a former diplomat and academic, has about 60% support in polls, compared to support of just 9% support for President Maduro. Our guest is Michael Penfold, Professor at the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA) and Global Fellow at the Wilson Center and author of El país que se muerde la cola (2023).

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Michael Penfold is Global Fellow at the Wilson Center and professor at the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA)


Brian Winter is the editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly

If you’d like to know more: 

Meet the Candidates: Venezuela by José Enrique Arrioja

Political Guarantees for All Are Crucial to Venezuela’s Election by Michael Penfold

In Venezuela, Some Chavistas Are Quietly Drifting Toward the Opposition by Tony Frangie Mawad

Venezuela’s Opposition Should Draw Inspiration From an Unlikely Figure by Javier Corrales

Tags: AQ Podcast, democracy in Venezuela, Maria Corina Machado, Nicolás Maduro
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