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Major attention has been given to the attempted Turkish coup d'etat, while in Venezuela the armed forces have alarmingly increased their power by governmental decree.However, Maduro's government is adamant about staying in power, and the government has played its last joker by appointing the loyal and well-respected Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino as the head of the Cabinet and the food distribution mechanism.There is no doubt that the Venezuelan armed forces have always been regarded as one of the most important institutions in the country; however, this institution is now posing a threat, not only to the current government but for all governments that may come.The government has given up power to Padrino, a military man with strong character who has been able to maintain balance and security between the government and the opposition, but this comes at the price of civilian elected governments.The civilian government in Venezuela has once again given away its legitimate power as an elected body to a nondemocratic and supposedly neutral institution.Venezuela's history of military political involvement will slowly make it harder for civilian governments to remain power without the support of the army.
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