JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – The President of South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated H.E. Nicolas Maduro Moros President of Venezuela following his inauguration for a second term, yesterday.
The National Electoral Council of Venezuela announced the outcome of the election that took place on 23 May 2018, in accordance with the of Venezuela’s national laws.
During his swearing in ceremony, Maduro castigated the European Union and accused Washington of waging an imperialist “world war” against his crisis-stricken nation, as he shrugged off a tempest of international condemnation to begin his second term in office.
Maduro, who inherited Hugo Chavez’s Bolivarian revolution after his 2013 death, has overseen a calamitous decline in his country’s fortunes and was re-elected in disputed elections last May.
The United States secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, was quoted in the media condemning Maduro’s “illegitimate usurpation of power” and vowed to “use the full weight of US economic and diplomatic power to press for the restoration of Venezuelan democracy”.
The European Union also called last year’s vote “neither free, nor fair”, and said Maduro was “starting a new mandate on the basis of non-democratic elections”.
Latin American governments also denounced the inauguration, with Paraguay breaking off diplomatic ties and Argentina’s president, Mauricio Macri, branding Maduro “the victimizer who plays victim”.
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