March 20, 2019

Iran's Defense Minister arrives in Venezuela for Maduro inauguration

13 January 2019, 04:42 | Devin Moran

Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the new mandate of President Maduro

Venezuela President Maduro sworn in for second term

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will be inaugurated for a second six-year term today after claiming victory in an election last May that was boycotted by the opposition.

"There are problems in Venezuela, like in any other country".

Hyperinflation, widespread hunger and deaths from preventable diseases in formerly oil-rich Venezuela have sparked an exodus of more than 3 million people, from a nation with a population of just over 30 million, Otis reports.

Maduro on Thursday told the TSJ President, Maikel Moreno, that he swore on behalf of the people of Venezuela and that he would fulfil and enforce all constitutional mandates to "seek to defend the independence and absolute integrity of the country", Xinhua reported. But after a government crackdown, fewer people have taken to the streets.

"Having seized power through fraudulent and anti-democratic elections held on May 20, 2018, the Maduro regime is now fully entrenched as a dictatorship", Freeland said in a statement. "We must disavow that which was not the result of a popular vote".

Maduro, meanwhile, retains control of both the military and political institutions.

Thousands of spectators gathered for the ceremony in Caracas, including Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, and president of Bolivia Evo Morales.

Maduro called Peru's government "ridiculous" for announcing that it plans to prohibit Maduro and other high-ranking Venezuelan officials from entering its territory.

Supporters, many of whom were public servants identified by t-shirts of state agencies, rallied in the center of Caracas to celebrate the new term.

"Nothing will come out of parliament that could have the faintest impact on the policies, practices or members of government (because) they have neither power nor authority", said Peter Hakim, from the Inter-American Dialogue, a US-based think tank.

After donning the presidential sash - as well as a ceremonial gold chain bearing the key to the sarcophagus containing the remains of Venezuela's revolutionary leader Simon Bolivar - an ebullient Maduro turned to salute the crowd with a V-sign.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Venezuelans to work not with Maduro but with the National Assembly, which is controlled by the opposition but has been sidelined by a new Constituent Assembly created by Maduro's government. He blames an "economic war" led by the United States and local opposition adversaries for the country's woes.

The May 2018 election was widely boycotted by the opposition, which described it as a farce that was rigged in his favor.

Most other countries plan to maintain their embassies and diplomatic relations with Venezuela, according to sources consulted by Reuters, but most European and Latin American countries did not send diplomats to the inauguration.

"The United States remains steadfast in its support of the Venezuelan people and will continue to use the full weight of US economic and diplomatic power to press for the restoration of Venezuelan democracy", Pompeo said.

Other News

Trending Now

World Bank to pick new president by mid-April
Ivanka Trump in 2017 was the driving force behind a $1 billion, Saudi-supported World Bank fund to promote entrepreneurship by women.

CES 2019: HTC brings Vive Pro Eye and Vive Cosmos VR headsets
According to General Director of HTC America, Dan O'brien (Dan O'brien), this technology adds versatility to a new headset. Whether you're new to VR or familiar, a fantastic voyage awaits.

Alert bus driver rescues one-year-old abandoned on busy road
The Milwaukee County Transit Service driver had been on her route when she noticed the child wandering the streets without shoes. The child, who appeared to be less than one-year-old, was barefoot and wearing just a onesie and diaper.

Children's book publisher sues Netflix over 'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch'
Furthermore, the publisher claims that it has registered the phrase in connection with movies, books and other forms of media. The company claims they negotiated with Netflix in 2016 about the phrase being used for the series.

ESPN Releases Final Prediction For Cowboys-Rams
Add in a veteran Quarterback in Phillip Rivers and you have a team that has everything it needs to make a Super Bowl run. Speaking of New Orleans, the Saints are 5-0 in the Superdome during the playoffs with Sean Payton as their head coach.

Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi joins Sevilla
A statement from the club read,"FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Munir El Haddadi ".

Merkel vists Greece to boost Macedonia deal
She is expected to show support for a name change for Greece's neighbour Macedonia, which is still a divisive issue in Greece.

Syria says air defences shoot down Israeli missiles
Just half an hour before midnight, sounds of explosions were heard in Damascus, especially in the western part of the city. On that occasion, a Syrian anti-aircraft missile flew into Israeli airspace, and was destroyed by Israeli air defenses.

DJ LeMahieu leaves Rockies to join New York Yankees
A team like the Milwaukee Brewers , connected to Machado at last year's trade deadline , could make sense, as could the St. The Yankees don't have a glaring need for Machado, so many will jump to the conclusion that they've moved on from Machado.

Girl has no link to kidnapper: Grandfather
Jayme's aunt Sue Allard told Minnesota newspaper the Star Tribune that she could barely express her joy after learning the news. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said investigators are trying to figure out what happened to Jayme during her captivity.