The government said today that what keeps Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in power are some “25,000 Cubans” mixed “like a parasite” in their security forces, but he predicted that it will end up falling thanks to the pressure strategy of the House Blanca and other countries.
“The real power at the top of the Venezuelan government today is between 20,000 and 25,000 Cubans” who act within Venezuela’s military and intelligence structure, a senior official told a small group of media, including Efe.
“If the 25,000 Cubans returned to Cuba today, the regime (of Maduro) would fall, they are like a parasite” in the country, added the official, who requested anonymity.
The White House has increased its pressure against Havana because of its support for Maduro, which more than 50 countries, including the United States, no longer recognize as legitimate president of Venezuela, but still has the backing of powers such as Russia and China .
The Washington Post published on Sunday an analysis on the limits of the strategy in Venezuela, in which it assured that the defections of Venezuelan military men who broke with Maduro have gone from “80 or 100” a day to just “two or three” .
Despite the absence of a military rebellion against Maduro, the senior official said that “the balance is leaning towards the opposition” led by Juan Guaidó, recognized as interim president of Venezuela by the aforementioned fifty countries.
“It is a mistake to say that things have stalled, the pressure continues every day,” the source stressed.
“I do not see how Maduro could achieve to stay in power,” he added, commenting that US sanctions and international pressure “have almost paralyzed the Chavez government.”
The official said that “the revolutions have to face the institutions” of each country, and recalled that Chavez has been “twenty years” in power in Venezuela.
“The fact that it’s been three months (knock it down) should not be surprising,” he said.
The White House considers the alleged axis formed by Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua as a “troika of tyranny,” in the words of the president’s national security adviser, John Bolton, who on Wednesday will give a new speech on those three countries in Miami. (EFEUSA)