Jamaica supports OAS vote against Maduro's second term
Jamaica supports OAS vote against Maduro's second term
Venezuela President Maduro sworn in for second term
13 January, 2019, 16:39
Nicolás Maduro, viewed by most western nations as a dictator, has been sworn in for a second six-year term as president of Venezuela.
Maduro's inauguration took place in the Supreme Court rather than the sidelined, opposition-controlled parliament, which has refused to recognise him.
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.
The military leadership expresses "its unrestricted support and absolute loyalty to (.) our commander-in-chief, for the period 2019 - 2025", said Padrino.
The United States and many Latin American and European countries condemned the vote, leaving Maduro backed by just a handful of stalwart allies from leftist governments.
The EU has imposed sanctions on Venezuela over rights abuses, including an arms embargo and travel bans and asset freezes targeting 18 members of the Maduro regime. Attendees of the ceremony included two longtime backers of the current Venezuelan administration, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel and Bolivian President Evo Morales.
Earlier this week, Venezuela Supreme Court judge Christian Zerpa fled to the U.S. in protest over President Nicolás Maduro winning a second term, arguing that the election "was not free and fair".
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".
The foreign ministry said that even as Jamaica took the vote yesterday, the country was represented by its embassy in Caracas at Maduro's swearing-in ceremony "as a sign of our interest in remaining engaged with Venezuela, with which we maintain diplomatic relations".
"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.
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.
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. Maduro's government has jailed or driven into exile its most popular leaders. The UN has said more than 5 million will have fled by the end of this year. "We hear the reports - the starvation in Venezuela, the incarceration of political opponents".
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