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Analyst: US support for Guaido strategic

Anti-government protesters cheer after Juan Guaido, head of Venezuela's opposition-run congress, declared himself interim president of the South American country until new elections can be called, at a rally demanding the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela. (AP Photo/Boris Vergara)
Anti-government protesters cheer after Juan Guaido, head of Venezuela's opposition-run congress, declared himself interim president of the South American country until new elections can be called, at a rally demanding the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela. (AP Photo/Boris Vergara)

Political analyst Derek Ramsamooj says the United States' support of the shift in political power in Venezuela was strategic: to seize control of the resources of the oil-rich South-American country.

“What is in place is the implementation of a carefully strategised programme to seize control of the resources of Venezuela,” he told Sunday Newsday. The US is backing opposition leader Juan Guaido who declared himself the president of Venezuela in a challenge to the presidency of Nicolas Maduro.

“Yes there is a level of political fallout and societal upheaval in Venezuela at this point in time. But certainly, the US has attempted to think this through and to implement a programme for change of regime.”

Ramsamooj wondered why the US did not enter Syria “and advance the cause for the change of regime in Syria with the same equal level of enthusiasm.

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