Venezuela's Maduro Inaugurated for Second Term

Blanche Robertson
January 13, 2019

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday warned he could take "diplomatic measures" against Latin American nations that signed a statement last week describing his second term, which starts on Thursday, as illegitimate.

Earlier in the day, spokeswoman for European Union foreign policy Federica Mogherini asserted that the EU and its member states would not send representatives to the inauguration of Venezuelan President.

Maduro was sworn in by the nation's supreme court, The Associated Press reports, cheered on by officials and flag-waving children.

National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Thursday the United States will not recognize the "illegitimate" inauguration. "Those that [remain silent] before the regime of Nicolas Maduro or that abstain are an obstruction to the work of the organisation", said Magalhaes at the end of the meeting.

Maduro was re-elected with 6.190.612 million votes, nearly 68 percent of the participants in the May 20, 2018 elections, which Washington considers illegal and imposed.

In making the announcement, Johnson Smith stated that the decision to retake the shares was premised on Venezuela not fulfilling its obligation to upgrade and expand Petrojam's plant, which, she said, posed a risk to the economy.

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

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Maduro's second term extends Venezuela's socialist revolution amid widespread complaints that he has stripped Venezuela of its last vestiges of democracy.

"Venezuela is the centre of a world war led by the North American imperialists and its allies", he said. Diplomatic ties were formalized between Venezuela and St. Kitts and Nevis on October 31, 1983.

Five Latin American countries and Canada have asked the International Criminal Court to investigate Venezuela for crimes against humanities, including torture and the arbitrary detention of anti-government protesters.

Those attending included Bolivian President Evo Morales, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and El Salvador's President Salvador Sanchez Ceren.

The ceremony contrasted with the harsh realities that face the former bus driver turned socialist leader, including hyperinflation, severe food and medicine shortages and an exodus of millions of citizens seeking to escape the hardship.

"Those who refuse to recognize the legitimacy of Venezuela's institutions will be given a reciprocal and opportune response, we'll act very firmly", said Maduro, who has the support of the military and the controversial Constitutional Assembly that he created a year ago to bypass parliament.

The U.S. and 13 other countries in the Americas said last week that they would not recognize Maduro's presidency. The opposition says the government's control of foreign exchange, in place since 2003, has generated $300 billion in illicit gains.

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