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Maduro sworn in for second term as Venezuela president

Maduro sworn in 
for second term as 
Venezuela president

AFP
CARACAS
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro was sworn in on Thursday for a controversial second term, posing a challenge to the United States and much of the international community that have branded his mandate illegitimate.
Maduro, 56, was sworn in by Supreme Court president Maikel Moreno, amid cheers and applause by a crowd of hundreds attending the inauguration in Caracas.
The ceremony was boycotted by the European Union, United States and Venezuela’s South American neighbours.
The US on Thursday refused to recognise Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s legitimacy as he started a controversial new term and urged rank-and-file government employees to empower the opposition.
“The US will not recognise the Maduro dictatorship’s illegitimate inauguration,” national security advisor John Bolton tweeted.
“We will continue to increase pressure on the corrupt regime, support the democratic National Assembly, and call for democracy and freedom in Venezuela,” he wrote.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Venezuelans to work not with Maduro but with the National Assembly, which is controlled by the opposition but has been sidelined by a new Constituent Assembly created by Maduro’s government.
“We urge those who support this regime, from everyday 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.

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