Zooming around Caracas largely unguarded, the 35-year-old lawmaker Juan Guaidó has been working at a relentless pace to topple Venezuela’s authoritarian government — leading street protests and trying to persuade military leaders and other nations to turn on President Nicolás Maduro, as much of the public has done. With remarkable speed, more than 20 countries have recognized Mr. Guaidó as the country’s interim president.
But his success is uncertain. The top military brass has publicly rallied behind Mr. Maduro. Oil sanctions imposed by the U.S. last week will soon further undercut the country’s crumbling economy, and President Trump on Sunday once again described the use of military force against Venezuela as “an option.”
Looking ahead: Bracing for the sanctions, Mr. Guaidó and his international allies intend to start pumping humanitarian aid into Venezuela in direct defiance of Mr. Maduro. The opposition sees a make-or-break moment to prove that it can deliver concrete relief, but it could be in for a long standoff.
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