Venezuela: One Country, Two Presidents

by Gottfried Moh

Venezuela: One Country, Two Presidents

This should confuse you, and rightfully so. Most countries of the world usually make room for only one president in their political landscape, so how is it possible that there is room for two?

For the purpose of clarity, the situation involves two people claiming to be president of the same country. To further emphasize, this anomaly happened in the Venezuela, a country located in the north coast of the South American continent.

Venezuela is home to about 32 million people, according to a census conducted in 2017. In a recent documentary published by the BBC, it was revealed that seven percent of that population has fled the country. The reason for this mass exodus is starting to add up.

The residents already have a lot to worry about in a nation bedeviled by hyperinflation as well as shortage of food and medicine. Now the country, whose “democratically elected” president is Nicolas Maduro, also has to deal with high-stakes political turmoil. Several reports state that the reason Nicolas has lasted this long is because of his close ties with the armed forces. Since the armed forces apparently have a major say on who gets the highest seat in the nation, his priorities don’t seem misplaced.

Nicolas Maduro | Washington Times

National Assembly Chief, Juan Guaido, recently proclaimed himself to be in charge, though on an acting basis. He claims to be acting in accordance with the constitution.

When elephants fight, we all know who suffers. The people of Venezuela definitely think they deserve better. For a country awash with natural resources such as diamonds, bauxite, gold, iron ore, natural gas and petroleum , it is difficult to disagree with the populace.

Juan Guaido |

Good things, they say, come in twos. The Venezuelans have two of everything, two parliaments and two presidents.