Venezuela crisis: Why the military is backing Maduro

With Venezuela in economic and political crisis, more than 20 countries have recognised opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president, including the US.

To add to President Nicolás Maduro’s woes, a top military representative to the US, Col José Luis Silva, defected on Sunday and called on other officers to do the same.

But if Mr Maduro’s hold on power is slipping, why has Venezuela’s powerful military not stepped in to give him the final push?

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