The overwhelming victory by the opposition in Venezuela’s election last week has raised doubts about President Nicolás Maduro’s prospects to complete his six-year term in 2019. As the government’s popularity has sunk, the opposition stands a good chance of forcing Maduro out in a recall referendum which can be convened after April, 2016. However, it will be far easier for the opposition to remove Maduro from the presidency than to put Venezuela back on the path of economic growth and democratic consolidation. The opposition needs to go from unity based on what it stands against to designing a road map which can earn the hearts and minds of Venezuelans who are looking for someone else to take charge.
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