Maduro's Second Term: a "Popular-Elected" Dictator Leads Venezuela to Isolation

Victoria Vargas

On January 20th, Nicolas Maduro took office in a rather controversial ceremony. His second six-year term has had a rough beginning: the transparency of the election process was highly questioned; he overlooked the Constitutional procedure by taking oath before an institution that is not entitled to grant him executive power; and the whole episode highlighted the very few allies that Venezuela has left in the region. What once was one of the richest countries in the world due to oil produ