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The U.S. watches, Venezuela teeters

HAMILTON MOURÃO, Brazil’s Vice President, on Guaidó (above left) and López (right)

IN THE PREDAWN HOURS OF APRIL 30, THE contest for control of Venezuela once again appeared to be coming to a head. Juan Guaidó, the young reformer who claims the mantle of President, announced from inside a military base in the capital, Caracas, that he was taking charge. And nearby stood evidence that the security forces were finally falling in line: fellow opposition leader Leopoldo López, freed from house arrest, his guards apparently having defected.

“At this moment, I

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