The South American country of Venezuela is in a crisis that could affect the major global powers of the world, including America.
The people are currently in an uproar about who should be the rightful president of the country, either Nicolas Maduro or Juan Guaido. Both men have declared themselves the true president of Venezuela, but Maduro refuses to step down whereas Guaido refuses to stop fighting for the presidential seat.
This year marks the second term of Nicolas Maduro, who has held the seat since 2013, after former president Hugo Chavez died. In between 2013 and 2019, the Venezuelan economy has suffered greatly, with increases in poverty and inflation and decreases in medicine and oil prices. Guaido wants to repair Venezuela by creating various strategies to fix the country’s unstable economy.
The European Union, the United States and most of the Latin American countries are all in support of Guaido’s efforts to rule Venezuela whereas China, Turkey, Russia, Cuba, Bolivia, Iran and Nicaragua support Maduro. The U.S. has imposed sanctions against the Venezuela and Maduro has threatened to retaliate if the U.S. intervenes any further.
The crisis has become such an issue that it has reached the ears of the United Nations. All of the major powers are on edge as the global community is concerned that Venezuela could explode into a Civil War as it has already been declared a “21st century Cold War” according to CNN reporter Frida Ghitis.
The situation continues to escalate day by day and with the increase in outrage and opposition comes the increase of tension within the greater global community.