After months of political turmoil in the country, Latin America’s once broadly united leftist movement is in disarray

In her first international speech as the president of Brazil’s powerful Workers’ party, Gleisi Hoffmann waded immediately into controversy when she voiced uncompromising support for Venezuela’s president Nicolás Maduro.

Addressing the São Paulo Forum – an annual gathering of leftwing parties in Managuá in July – Hoffmann said Venezuela faced a “violent offensive by the right” and endorsed a controversial new constituent assembly – which Maduro’s critics have described as a bare-faced grab for power.

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