Whatever beholds the government of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela, it will ultimately define the future fate of unpopular governments - unpopular not necessarily at home, but unpopular or scorned by the larger international community.
There is no doubt that questions of credibility and of legitimacy surround President Maduro's government in Venezuela. Thousands of Venezuelans have been forced to flee their homeland amid mounting economic and political turmoil. Yet, like many other jurisdictions that utilize so-called democratic processes to the seat of power, Maduro has argued that he won a free and fair re-election with over 67% of the vote in May, 2018. Venezuela's opposition party, however begs to differ citing fraud and intimidation in elections as factors to disqualifying Maduro from the presidency.
Today's massive opposition rally in Venezuela and declaration of interim President by Juan Guaido of the National Assembly, is a major development for the oil-rich south American nation. United States (US) President Donald Trump has recognized Guaido as interim president.
There have been earnest efforts to remove Maduro from power in Venezuela in recent weeks. Within the Organization of American States (OAS), plans have been floated as to how best to remove him.
If today's opposition rally and subsequent declaration by the Venezuela's opposition leader as interim president suffices in removing Maduro from power, then a new method to removing unpopular regimes would be duly defined from this day forward.