The country is on its knees and Nicolás Maduro, its president, seems ill-equipped to offer salvation

Is the Trump administration fomenting a military coup in Venezuela? It would not, after all, be the first time the US has been implicated in attempts at regime change there. In April 2002, Venezuela’s elected president, the late Hugo Chávez, was briefly deposed and arrested by the army, before a supporters’ revolt rescued him. The Bush administration denied involvement, but subsequent independent investigations, including by the Observer, suggested “senior officials in the US government” were not only aware of the plot but privately assured its organisers of Washington’s support.

The Observer is the world’s oldest Sunday newspaper, founded in 1791. It is published by Guardian News & Media and is editorially independent.

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