Venezuela's president sworn in for 2nd term

Clay Curtis
January 13, 2019

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro and first lady Cilia Flores stop to greet flag-waving children upon arrival to the Supreme Court for Maduro's inauguration ceremony in Caracas, Venezuela, Jan. 10, 2019.

The United States, the European Union, and many Latin American countries condemned the vote past year, and issued withering criticism of Maduro on Thursday.

"The Argentinian government said it informed the Venezuelan government on the suspension of the validity of the visa liberalization agreement for the holders of diplomatic and service passports of this country; banned high-ranked members of the Venezuelan regime from entering the country", the ministry said in a statement.

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.

"Venezuela is at the center of a world war led by the United States imperialism and its satellite countries", Maduro declared.

The country's pro-government Supreme Court, which has largely supplanted the opposition-run Congress, swore him in following a welcome with a symphony orchestra and cheering supporters waving miniature Venezuelan flags.

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The Venezuelan President added that he hoped to receive the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis in Venezuela, "where you have the affection and gratitude of a people that cultivates fraternity with the other peoples of the world".

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was sworn in to the second term on Thursday. Following the ceremony on Thursday, Paraguayan leader Mario Abdo Benítez announced that his country would cut ties with Caracas and immediately withdraw all diplomats from the country. He accuses foreign governments including Latin American nations of seeking to overthrow him. But Rodney Charles, a lawmaker in the country, says Trinidad refuses to label them "refugees", in order to toe the line with Maduro's government.

"We urge those who support this regime, from every day employees getting by on food subsidies to the Venezuelan security forces sworn to support the constitution, to stop enabling repression and corruption and to work with the National Assembly and its duly elected leader, Juan Guaido, in accordance with your constitution on a peaceful return to democracy", Pompeo said in a statement.

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.

Many prominent opposition figures are either in jail or exile. It predicts that number will reach 5.3 million by the end of this year. 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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