Juan Guaidó’s meteoric rise and now his decline have brought Venezuela to a crossroads. At stake is the future of a once-prosperous democracy now gripped by poverty and repression.
By Anatoly Kurmanaev and Lara Jakes
CARACAS, Venezuela — From an unremarkable apartment in a quiet residential area of Venezuela’s capital, a slender young man in a tie wages an increasingly lonely battle against the country’s authoritarian government.
Lara Jakes is a diplomatic correspondent based in the Washington bureau of The New York Times. Over the past two decades, Ms. Jakes has reported and edited from more than 40 countries and covered war and sectarian fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, the West Bank and Northern Ireland.
A version of this article appears in print on Feb. 14, 2021, Section A, Page 14 of the New York edition with the headline: Decline of Maduro’s Rival Has Venezuela at a Crossroads.
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