Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Maduro victory in Venezuela undemocratic

Maduro victory in Venezuela undemocratic

Caracas:Venezuela´s President Nicolas Maduro was sworn in Thursday for a controversial second term, posing a challenge to the United States and much of the worldwide community that have branded his mandate illegitimate.

Although Maduro has obviously refused to do this, many countries will no longer deem Maduro as Venezuela's president, and will instead recognize the leader of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, 35-year-old Juan Guaidó, as the country's interim leader.

The socialist successor to Hugo Chavez won re-election to a second term last May, in a contest that was denounced as a sham by the United States, Canada and a dozen Latin American nations. Hundreds of officials gathered inside the court's chambers cheered Maduro.

"The US will not recognize the Maduro dictatorship's illegitimate inauguration", national security advisor John Bolton tweeted. "I swear on my life", Maduro said confidently as he took the oath of office.

Maduro's new mandate also comes despite the economic war that has been unleashed against the Maduro government by the United States and its European allies using economic sanctions.

"In Venezuela it's not uncommon that state workers are obliged to go to these rallies or vote in elections", she says.

The US Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago issued a statement on Thursday condemning Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's illegitimate usurpation of power following what it deemed the unfree and unfair elections imposed on the Venezuelan people on May 20.

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Washington has sanctioned a number of individuals in Venezuela as it cranks up the pressure on the Maduro government it blames for the country's economic meltdown.

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".

Lima Group member Paraguay announced immediately after the ceremony that it was breaking off diplomatic relations with Venezuela, while Peru branded it a "dictatorship".

With the exception of Mexico, the Lima Group - made up of 14 mostly Latin American countries - has urged Maduro to renounce his second term and deliver power to parliament.

Maduro said the Venezuelan government and people cherish the friendship with China and admire China's development achievements during the past 40 years of reform and opening up.

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. It predicts that number will reach 5.3 million by the end of this year. Maduro's government has jailed or driven into exile its most popular opposition leaders. "We hear the reports - the starvation in Venezuela, the incarceration of political opponents".

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