Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro to be inaugurated for second term

Venezuela President Maduro sworn in for second term

Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the new mandate of President Maduro

Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, attended the inauguration Thursday of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro for a second six-year term.

Supreme Court Chief Maikel Moreno dedicated almost 20 minutes to explaining why Maduro was not being sworn in by Congress, which the ruling Socialist Party has systematically ignored since the opposition took control of the body in 2016.

Seventeen Latin American governments, the United States and Canada rejected the legitimacy of Maduro's next term in a measure adopted Thursday.

"The US will not recognize the Maduro dictatorship's illegitimate inauguration", national security advisor John Bolton tweeted.

"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.

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.

David Smilde, Tulane University expert on Venezuela, said that this isn't likely to create change.

The 56-year-old leader will be sworn in by the Supreme Court rather than the sidelined - and opposition controlled - parliament having been re-elected in May in a poll boycotted by the majority of the opposition and dismissed as a fraud by the United States, European Union and Organization of American States.

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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 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".

Freeland characterized Maduro's recent election victory as illegitimate as he was sworn in for a second term in Caracas.

Foreign leaders included Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega, Bolivia's Evo Morales, and Cuba's Miguel Díaz-Canel, as well as diplomats from other authoritarian regimes such as Russia, China, and Iran.

"Venezuela is the centre of a world war led by the North American imperialists and its allies", he said.

Oil-rich Venezuela was once among Latin America's wealthiest nations.

Freeland and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave their full-throated support to Juan Guaido, who assumed the presidency of the country's only democratically elected institution, the National Assembly.

An estimated 2.3 million Venezuelans have fled their nation's hyperinflation, food and medical shortages over the last two years, according to the United Nations. Maduro's government has jailed or driven into exile its most popular leaders.

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