ICYMI: A former bus driver and trade union leader who rose through the ranks of Venezuelan government under former and deceased president Hugo Chavez has finally driven the country off the proverbial cliff.
Under Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela is officially a full-fledged dictatorship. And the country’s economic and humanitarian crisis has now reached critical mass following a July 30 election widely described as a “sham.”
The election in late July of this year propped up a new legislative body — a “constituent assembly” — without a national referendum as required by law, essentially trashing the country’s 1999 constitution.
Maduro’s authoritarian assault on his people has naturally, thankfully, ignited a firestorm, bringing about U.S. sanctions and drawing worldwide criticism. Regional governments, many in the expat community, student leaders and Americans from all walks of life are among the many condemning his actions.