What next for Venezuela? Guaido calls for final push to oust Maduro after Trump reaffirms support


“I fear for my husband’s life,” Rosales said, when speaking alongside Trump on Wednesday.

She was accompanied on her trip to the White House by the wife and sister of Roberto Marrero, Guaido’s chief of staff, who was arrested and detained last week.

“The arrest of Marrero is really a sign of Maduro’s team seeing what they can get away with. But, I would say it is unlikely they go after Guaido in the short term,” Mark Keller, a Venezuela expert and lead analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit, told CNBC via telephone.

Instead, Keller said he would expect Maduro’s government to wait until the National Assembly leader was no longer in the international spotlight before “coming up with a charge” to detain him.

“I do think Guaido is at risk of arrest but, of course, there would be huge blow-back if they make a move against him,” Verisk Maplecroft’s Gavin said.


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