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Venezuela’s troubled times: Maduro’s first year in power

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (C), accompanied by Vice-President Jorge Arreaza (R) and Foreign Minister Elias Jaua, holds a meeting with Venezuelan opposition leaders and Latin American Foreign Affairs Ministers at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on April 10, 2014. Maduro sat down for talks with rival Henrique Capriles on Thursday in a first meeting with senior opposition figures to try to end two months of protests. The televised meeting, which involved about 20 representatives from both sides, was also witnessed by the foreign ministers of Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador, and a Vatican representative. AFP PHOTO/JUAN BARRETOJUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images

President Nicolás Maduro took power a year ago today. During the past 12 months, he’s faced a souring economy, rampant crime and protests.

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