CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on Venezuela’s political crisis (all times local):
Donald Trump’s talk of a “military option” for Venezuela may have drawn rebuke from several foreign governments, some even critical of President Nicolas Maduro, but so far it has been met with a resounding silence from the Venezuelan opposition.
A few hundred opponents of Maduro marched Saturday in eastern Caracas to protest the recent jailing of several opposition mayors. Demonstrations that a few weeks ago attracted hundreds of thousands of people have petered out since the government succeeded in seating a constitutional assembly.
Now many fear Trump’s remarks will bolster Maduro’s claim that he is the target of a U.S.-backed coup attempt and further distract attention from Venezuela’s crushing economic problems. There is also concern that Maduro could use Trump’s heated rhetoric to broaden a crackdown on the opposition, accusing it of acting as a virtual fifth column to sabotage his rule.
Amid the mounting tensions there has been no statement from the main opposition alliance or its leaders. Meanwhile, its website remains hacked for a second straight day with a photo of a finger-pointing Trump under the banner “I Want You to Kill Your Brothers and Sisters.”
Venezuela’s newly installed constitutional assembly has decided to push up gubernatorial elections by two months to October, though many in the opposition see it as a false promise unlikely to ever materialize.
Delegates to the all-powerful body rewriting the South American nation’s constitution voted unanimously Saturday to hold elections in all 23 states Oct. 10.
They were supposed to take place last year but were delayed twice. Critics say the government…