Weekly Report - 27 April 2023 (WR-23-17)

VENEZUELA-COLOMBIA: Guaidó facing uncertain future after expulsion from Colombia

Venezuela’s former opposition leader Juan Guaidó was subjected to fresh humiliation on 24 April, four months after he was ousted as head of the opposition in January [WR-23-01]. Having timed a visit to Colombia to coincide with a conference aimed at reviving talks between the Venezuelan government and opposition, he instead found himself being escorted onto a plane and expelled to the US. Whilst his removal was ostensibly triggered by a breach of migration rules, Guaidó’s presence in Bogotá had the potential to disrupt the conference which Colombia’s President Gustavo Petro had preluded with much fanfare. His onward travel to the US raises questions over whether he intends to return to Venezuela for next year’s presidential elections.

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