Six ways Nicolás Maduro stays in power in Venezuela

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“I DON’T see how Nicolás Maduro has the capacity to stay for an extended time in government,” said Henrique Capriles, a former presidential candidate, in 2013. “It’s near the end for Maduro,” concluded Ian Bremmer, a political scientist, in 2017. “Maduro’s days are numbered,” promised Mike Pompeo, then the United States’ secretary of state, in 2019.

Venezuela’s president has had the satisfaction of proving them all wrong. Mr Maduro’s demeanour during broadcasts on state TV these days is one of avuncular calm. In October he took viewers on a tour of the presidential palace to show off garish Christmas decorations. “How cute!” he exclaimed, as he pointed at a plastic deer.

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