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Crisis in Venezuela Brings New frameworks to the Brazilian Political Scene

Venezuela is a topic to return strongly in next elections



The polarized dispute that permeated the presidential election in the last year gained new contours with the aggravation of the Venezuelan crisis. Brazilian political actors of the most diverse ideological nuances use the fact to exchange accusations and imputation of blame to the opponents for the episodes recorded in the border with Brazil.

The right holds that the situation is the result of 14 years of support of the PT’s governments of Lula and Dilma Rousseff to the Bolivarians Nicolas Maduro and Hugo Chavez. The left accuses Jair Bolsonaro of preparing the ground for future shelter to the ambition of American war to materialize eventual military intervention in the neighboring country.

 The crisis in Venezuela gives elements to reinvigorate the campaign speech used by Bolsonaro, centered on the attacks on Lula and on the left, says Rodrigo Augusto Prando, a sociologist and professor at the Mackenzie University.

Even so, there are divisions among government allies as to the conduct of the issue. While the Planalto Palace military is pushing for a diplomatic solution, there are those who do not rule out the use of the Armed Forces to overthrow the current Venezuelan government. A third group goes further and criticizes the self-proclaimed president, Juan Guaido, received with deference by Bolsonaro in Brasilia on Thursday (28), for his trajectory linked to the left, although oppositions.

Maduro still counts on the support of sectors of the Brazilian left. However, he sees former allies abandoning their direct defense. The Workers Party president Gleisi Hoffmann‘s inauguration for a new term for the Venezuelan in January was criticized even by coreligionists. Exponents of the political field are already positioning themselves by the necessity of transition in the control of the neighboring country to put an end to the economic and social crises, although the analysis is generally accompanied by observations.

No one wants US military intervention and control of Venezuela’s oil is dominated by the Americans. The issue (change of position) is that it has an unprecedented humanitarian and social problem  comments the political scientist PUC-RJ Ricardo Ismael.

For analysts, the best exit would call for the election of new direct elections and the possible exit of Maduro from the country. However, regardless of the path to be followed by neighbors, the political impact in Brazil is consolidated and will not be surprising if the theme arrives unscathed and with potential for passionate attacks in the next elections.