Thursday, 10 January 2019 19:21

Venezuelan President Takes Oath of Office for New Term

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Venezuelan President takes oath of office for new term. Venezuelan President takes oath of office for new term. Photo: teleSUR

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro was sworn in before the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) in Caracas Thursday morning for a second six-year term.


Caracas.- The incumbent president begins his new term in office with the commitment to "promote the changes that are needed in Venezuela, to defend the right to peace and respect for the Constitution."

During his inaugural address, Nicolás Maduro issued a call for the people of the world to take up the banners of freedom and independence in the face of imperialism. He also condemned the manuevers of the United States against Venezuela and called on the European Union to respect the Bolivarian Revolution.

On May 20th last year, Nicolás Maduro was re-elected president of Venezuela with 67.7 percent of the vote.

The inauguration comes amid threats of military interventions and coups against the Venezuelan government by the United States and its allies in Latin America. Maduro's new mandate also comes despite the economic war that has been unleashed against Venezuela by the United States and its European allies using economic sanctions.


Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said Wednesday that his country is under threat of a coup. Maduro said: "A coup is underway, ordered from Washington (capital of the U.S.), ordered from the Lima Cartel (Lima Group), in Venezuela. And the Venezuelan people will know how to respond to any attempt, any intentions that are intended today or tomorrow. (...) The Bolivarian Revolution has been preparing to confront and defeat any traitor who intends to violate life in Venezuela."

The president added that any attempt against democracy should face justice system, the constitution and the power of the union between civilians and the military.

During a press conference on national television from the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, the Bolivarian leader affirmed that the country is in a moment of definitions, and accused the media and the countries involved of turning his inauguration for a constitutional second term into a world war.

"What we have seen in recent weeks is unparalleled, the extremist forces against Venezuela have been unleashed," said Nicolas Maduro, saying that the only objective of these operations is to destabilize and fill Venezuela with violence, confusion and chaos "to seize its riches and change the course of history."

In addition, he accused the so-called Lima Group of being a "cartel of mafia interests," commanded by the United States and violating the rules of international coexistence through issuing the declaration of last week, which he categorized as being an "order" from the Venezuelan opposition.

His press conference was held just one day before taking the oath of office for his second term (2019-2025), after winning the presidential elections on May 20, 2018 with 67.84 percent of the vote. (RHC)

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