In this podcast, our lead Latin America analyst, will discuss the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, while analysing the political and security outlook for the coming months - with a particular focus on the implications of a process to rewrite the constitution.
The ruling chavista socialist party held a contentious election on 30 July to choose members for a constituent assembly that is due to be tasked with rewriting the country’s constitution. The vote occurred in a context of almost-daily violent protests against the government, which have now entered a fifth month. President Maduro claims that changing the constitution is the only way to bring peace to the country. The opposition has said that it is a tool to consolidate chavismo’s grip on power.