CARACAS, Venezuela ? For Venezuela?s opposition, dawn broke on Tuesday with a jolt of political lightning and an auspicious photo-op. Interim President Juan Guaido, flanked by heavily armed soldiers and the country?s best known political prisoner, Leopoldo Lopez, announced the time had come to oust Nicolas Maduro.
With the help of rebellious troops, Guaido held out the promise that 20 years of single-party rule ? first under Hugo Chavez and now Maduro ? could end with a military-backed popular uprising.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNN that Maduro had even been prepared to flee ? that he had a plane parked on the tarmac ready to take off to Cuba.