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Venezuela's Maduro starts new term shunned by worldwide community

13 January 2019

Meanwhile, the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Thursday agreed "to not recognize the legitimacy of Nicolas Maduro's new term as of the 10th of January of 2019", the bloc said in a statement.

Bermudez, 52, disagrees and points out the irony of living in a nation with the world's most abundant oil reserves yet having to wait in line overnight recently to fill three canisters of natural gas to cook at home.

The Trump administration has increased pressure on Maduro through financial sanctions, this week singling out powerful Venezuelan media magnate Raul Gorrin.

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 United States remains steadfast in its support of the Venezuelan people and will continue to use the full weight of USA economic and diplomatic power to press for the restoration of Venezuelan democracy, the statement read". Critics blame years of rampant corruption and mismanagement of the state-run oil firm PDVSA.

In a statement yesterday evening, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Kamina Johnson Smith said: "The Government of Jamaica, in supporting the resolution, acknowledges that the fundamental values and principles, including the maintenance of the rule of law, respect for human rights, and democracy, as well as non-intervention in the internal affairs of states, remain pertinent considerations. like the several countries represented here".

Many Venezuelans struggle to afford food and basic goods.

Opposition leaders have portrayed the inauguration as the moment at which Maduro will be internationally branded a dictator, following a widely boycotted 2018 election that many foreign governments described as a farce.

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.

"Nothing will come out of parliament that could have the faintest impact on the policies, practices or members of government (because) they have neither power nor authority", said Peter Hakim, from the Inter-American Dialogue, a US-based think tank.

The opposition-led Congress opened its session for the year this week, led by 35-year-old Juan Guaido, who vowed to battle against Maduro.

He conveyed President Xi's honest congratulations and good wishes to Maduro.

It also argued that some of the most promising candidates had been banned from standing or jailed, while many others had fled the country. Ultimately, Maduro's government isn't anxious about its worldwide reputation, he said. It predicts that number will reach 5.3 million by the end of this year.

"He still has control of the institutions", Smilde said.

Venezuela's Maduro starts new term shunned by worldwide community