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2024: Year of the Dragon

The electoral year is here. Will Venezuela endure six more years of Maduro or will it finally move towards a democratic transition? Well, the dragon represents good luck and strength. Guacarys!

A Tale of Two Assemblies

New year, same old National Assembly. The 2015 National Assembly, dominated by the opposition and which manages Venezuelan assets in the United States, extended its validity for twelve more months starting January 5, 2024. Primero Justicia’s Dinorah Figuera will continue leading it. While the 2015 Assembly has no real legislative power in Venezuela and it’s not recognized anymore by the regime, it control valuable assets abroad like Citgo and is recognized as the country’s only legitimate institution by the U.S.

Meanwhile, the Chavista-controlled 2020 National Assembly began a new year with Jorge Rodríguez -again- as its president. The Chavistas, disengaging with their Chávez-era past, went to the proclamation dressed como muñequitos de torta.

Another Year, Another Spill

An oil spill from the El Palito refinery contaminated the coasts of Puerto Cabello and Carabobo, even affecting areas such as Ocumare de la Costa and Choroní. According to images from the Sentinel-2 satellite, the spill would be 103 km2: larger than the one that affected the Morrocoy National Park in 2020. The spill, whose response –with the use of buckets to pick the oil, for example– has been criticized by experts and environmentalists, has also It affected the coasts of the San Esteban National Park. The authorities also sought to avoid journalistic coverage in the area.

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