The coronavirus epidemic and its attendant problems can bring down the power of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, writes the American magazine Time.
The weekly reminds that since 2013 economy the state collapsed by more than 65 percent. Every third Venezuelan does not have enough food to meet basic needs. And doctors in the healthcare system lack essential items such as gloves.
The collapse of the Venezuelan water supply system poses a huge threat to its ability to restrain the coronavirus, leaving people unable to wash their hands regularly, which is a key line of defense against infection.
Coming to a country in such conditions, the COVID-19 epidemic threatens to become a real disaster, which the current political the regime may not survive.
So far, support for the Venezuelan armed forces is crucial to keep Maduro in office even in the wake of the collapse of the country, as senior officials benefit from corruption schemes of his presidency. But the situation is changing rapidly and, perhaps, the current leader risks losing the support of the military, especially if Russia and China, the main international patrons, refuse it.