Iran’s Defense Minister In Venezuela For Maduro Inauguration, Bilateral Ties

Frederick Owens
January 13, 2019

10 de enero de 2019, 17:23Washington, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) The United States reiterated its aggressiveness towards the legitimate Venezuelan government of President Nicolas Maduro, who began his second term until 2025 this Thursday.

Shortly after Maduro took his oath of office, Paraguay's president said the country was breaking off diplomatic relations with Venezuela and refusing to recognize Maduro's re-election.

Maduro said 94 countries had sent representatives to the inauguration.

"This banner does not belong to me, this banner belongs to the rebellious and sovereign people of Venezuela", said the Venezuelan President.

The EU remains convinced that a peaceful political democratic solution is the only sustainable way out of the Venezuelan crisis and is engaging with worldwide and regional partners regarding how we might help create the conditions required for a credible political process amongst relevant Venezuelan actors. "In 19 years there have been 25 elections for all general level positions".

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was sworn in to the second term on Thursday.

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

Maduro was elected with 67.84 percent of the votes.

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

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Venezuela's main opposition coalition said the election date had been changed to take advantage of disarray within opposition groups.

The United Nations says 2.3 million Venezuelans have fled the country since 2015 because of economic hardship. USA banks are also banned from doing business with Venezuela, putting a financial strangle-hold on the cash-strapped country.

He also demanded "respect" from the European Union, accusing the bloc of "old colonialism" and "old racism" after it said Thursday that Maduro "lacked any credibility". Maduro's government controls most of the country's media and electoral authorities, NPR's Philip Reeves reported.

Several Caribbean nations that receive subsidized oil from Venezuela have also continued to support the government, reports NPR's John Otis.

Maduro vowed to fight his enemies in the spirit of former president Hugo Chavez, and accused the US of stoking the unrest through the sanctions.

The 56-year-old leader first took office in 2013 after his predecessor Hugo Chavez died and will govern Venezuela for another six years. Velazquez blamed opportunists who drive up the prices of scarce items for making life hard for families like hers.

The Trump administration imposed sanctions on former Venezuelan government officials earlier in the week, citing corruption in Maduro's administration. Ultimately, Maduro's government isn't anxious about its global reputation, he said.

Others, like 52-year-old construction worker Ramon Bermudez, have lost hope of escaping Maduro's rule.

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