Updated 07:11 AM EDT, Wed, Jun 23, 2021

Why the U.S. is Wooing Venezuela

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Venezuela might be experiencing both political and economic turmoil as President Nicolas Maduro has recently declared an "emergency economic decree" to address the country's economic woes. However, the United States wants to form strong diplomatic ties with the country.

In a report with Missoulian, the United States had its "most extensive dialogue" with Venezuela in the past year. According to the report, President Barack Obama met with President Maduro during the Summit of the Americas in April. While Venezuela was not viewed as a security threat to the United States, this is the first time that a Venezuelan president met a U.S. president since late president Hugo Chavez took office in 1999.

According to the report, the Obama administration wanted to do what it could do to discredit and even delegitimize the Venezuelan National Assembly election, which was held last Dec. 6. This was done mostly by way of an international public relations campaign that said that the elections would not be "credible" without the aid of monitors from the Organization of American States.

According to Gazette Extra, the political campaign turned out to be entirely unnecessary as Venezuela's opposition won a two-thirds majority in the Assembly, which was a first in nearly 16 years.

However, the results of the current elections didn't do much to solve any of the problems in the country. Much like the United States, Venezuela is running on a presidential system. This means that most of the economic decisions fall on the hands of the executive. In other words, the Venezuelan government is left where it was before the assembly elections. Only time will tell whether or not this will fix the economic crisis.

Venezuela has been known to go back and forth on its democratic electoral system. There was an incident in which the country had a military takeover in 1999, which lasted for four years. This included a military coup, which was heavily backed by the United States as well as an oil strike.

The country has a long and turbulent history of violence. In 2013 the Venezuelan opposition took to the streets in protest over losing the elections. These protests, though violent, were heavily backed by the United Sates until international pressure forced Washington to recognize the results.

In 2014, the opposition once again started violent demonstrations to take a stand against the Venezuelan government.

This is why President Obama and his administration are pushed toward having normal relations with Venezuela so as to prevent bureaucracy from pursuing regime change. However, Obama has not appointed an ambassador from Cuba, as he has no intention of "reining in the hard-liners" of Venezuela, which could result in taking legal efforts to topple the Venezuelan government.

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