Obama Vs. Chavismo

Maduro’s broad authorization from the National Assembly allows him to protect the sovereignty, security, and integrity of the country from any external or internal threat. Practically speaking, this gives Maduro almost total authority, in areas ranging from economic policy to domestic security. The government response to last year’s protests led to forty-three deaths and hundreds of injuries; more than three thousand protesters and opposition members have been detained, among them several elected officials and one of the most prominent opposition leaders, Leopoldo López. Now the government could easily increase its control over the opposition by imposing even more limitations on civil rights, detaining more of its leaders, or conceivably even by suspending the parliamentary elections due to be held by the end of the year.