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Venezuela’s opposition outlines roadmap for power transfer

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s opposition-controlled congress has declared President Nicolas Maduro “illegitimate,” moving a step closer to implementing a plan to challenge the socialist leader by declaring a caretaker government and calling early elections. A resolution adopted Tuesday accuses Maduro of “usurping” power and says his administration’s acts will no longer carry legal authority. […]
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Venezuela's parliament tries to lure military into disavowing Maduro

Venezuela's opposition-controlled but powerless National Assembly stepped up its battle with President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday by offering an amnesty to anyone from the military who joins it in disavowing the socialist leader. The "amnesty law" would extend also to civilian government officials who collaborate "in the restitution of constitutional order," parliament said. The row between the legislature and Maduro has intensified since the socialist leader was sworn in last week for a second...
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Venezuela Congress and U.S. government ratchet up pressure on Maduro

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration was considering recognizing the leader of the Congress, Juan Guaido, as the country's legitimate president, according to two people familiar with the matter. White House aides were weighing such a move among a list of options being prepared for Trump in response to the latest Venezuela developments but no final decision had been made, one of the people told Reuters. Maduro was inaugurated on Jan. 10 under an avalanche of criticism that his leadershi...
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Venezuela Opposition Declares Maduro Illegitimate, and Urges Defections

In a high-stakes gambit, opposition lawmakers are hoping to entice members of the security forces to switch sides, so they can organize new elections.
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Venezuela Congress declares President Maduro 'usurper' of democracy

U.S. President Donald Trump is considering recognizing the leader of the Congress, Juan Guaido, as Venezuela's legitimate president, CNN reported on Tuesday, citing three unidentified sources. Maduro was inaugurated on Jan. 10 under an avalanche of criticism that his leadership was illegitimate following a 2018 election widely viewed as fraudulent, with countries around the world disavowing his government. The United States and many Latin American nations say Maduro has become a dictator whose...
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Venezuela congress seeks freeze on Maduro government foreign accounts: document

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition-run congress is considering a measure that would ask dozens of foreign governments to seek a freeze on bank accounts controlled by the government of President Nicolas Maduro, according to a draft document seen by Reuters. Congress is also preparing to formally declare Maduro a usurper following his inauguration to a disputed second term, according to a second draft document, which says all of his actions will be null and void. (Reporting by Brian El...
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Venezuela president Maduro increases minimum wage by 300 per cent as inflation approaches 2 million per cent

Venezuela‘s president has raised the country’s minimum wage by 300 per cent as part of routine wage increases as his government battles hyperinflation. Nicolas Maduro increased the minimum wage to 18,000 bolivars, around £5.20, per month amid an economy suffering from annual inflation nearing two million per cent. Mr Maduro announced his economic plans at the start of his second, disputed, term on Monday, as calls increased for him to surrender power.
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Who is Juan Guaidó, the opposition leader challenging Maduro's rule?

The 35-year-old Venezuelan was un unknown figure until he told the world he was ready to assume the presidency as Nicolás Maduro began his second term Until last week, Juan Guaidó, the 35-year-old leader of Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly, was an unknown figure on the international stage. Related: Venezuela: opposition leader declares himself ready to assume presidency Continue reading...
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Embattled President Maduro raises Venezuelan wages to $6.70

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is boosting the minimum wage again amid the country's relentless battle against hyperinflation.Maduro presented his economic plans Monday at the start to his second disputed... [Author: [email protected]]
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'Bolsonaro is Hitler!' Venezuela's Maduro exclaims amid Brazil spat

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday called Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro a modern Adolf Hitler, days after Brasilia officially recognized an opposition leader as the legitimate head of the increasingly isolated country. Brazil on Saturday said it recognized Juan Guaido, head of Venezuela's opposition-run Congress, as legitimate president after Maduro was sworn in to a second term that countries around the world described as illegitimate.
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Venezuela's Maduro offers few fresh ideas as economy circles drain

After promising ambitious economic measures ahead of Monday's speech, Maduro's proposals included a 300 percent minimum wage hike, dialogue with business leaders, and increased use of an inexistent state-backed cryptocurrency. There is nothing there that allows one to think that Venezuela will exit the deep crisis it's experiencing," said Asdrubal Oliveros, director of Caracas-based consultancy Ecoanalitica, on Twitter. The socialist government, they say, funds wage hikes by increasing the cou...
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Maduro accuses opposition of staging arrest of parliament president

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused his opponents Monday of staging the arrest of parliament president Juan Guaido by intelligence service agents. Guaido was detained for around an hour after SEBIN agents stopped his car on a highway outside the capital Caracas, picking him up as he traveled to a political rally in a nearby town. "Ah, what a coincidence! A camera perfectly placed... professional, which caught the moment the deputy... was detained in a strange event," said Maduro, speak...
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Fresh-faced Venezuelan lawmaker emerges as Maduro’s rival

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — When Venezuelans rang in the new year, few in the crisis-wracked nation had even heard of Juan Guaido. Two weeks later, the young backbench lawmaker has emerged as a key power broker as he leads the opposition-controlled congress in a high-stakes standoff with socialist President Nicolas Maduro, who is increasingly seen […]
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Venezuela Opposition Leader Is Arrested After Proposing to Take Power

Juan Guaidó, the National Assembly president, was briefly held after calling on the armed forces to support his taking power while new elections are held.
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Venezuela’s opposition leader briefly detained after challenging Maduro

Juan Guaidó was seized after he declared himself ready to assume the presidency in a bold challenge to its leader Nicolás MaduroVenezuelan secret police seized and then swiftly released a prominent opposition leader, less than 48 hours after he declared himself ready to assume the presidency of his crisis-stricken country in a bold challenge to its leader Nicolás Maduro.Juan Guaidó, the 35-year-old head of Venezuela’s opposition-run parliament, was reportedly taken by agents from the Bolivarian ...
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Venezuela opposition leader briefly detained after challenging Maduro

Juan Guaidó was seized after he declared himself ready to assume the presidency in a bold challenge to its leader Nicolás MaduroVenezuelan secret police seized and then swiftly released a prominent opposition leader, less than 48 hours after he declared himself ready to assume the presidency of his crisis-stricken country in a bold challenge to its leader Nicolás Maduro.Juan Guaidó, the 35-year-old head of Venezuela’s opposition-run parliament, was reportedly taken by agents from the Bolivarian ...
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Pompeo says Venezuela's Maduro government is 'illegitimate'

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described Venezuela's government under President Nicolas Maduro as illegitimate on Saturday and said the United States would work with like-minded countries in Latin America to restore democracy there. "The Maduro regime is illegitimate and the United States will work diligently to restore a real democracy to that country," Pompeo told reporters in Abu Dhabi, where he is on a tour of Middle East countries.
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Opposition-controlled Venezuela legislature calls for protest to oust Maduro

Maduro, 56, was sworn in for a second term on Thursday, having won a controversial election in May that was boycotted by the opposition and branded a fraud by the United States, European Union and Organization of American States. The president of the National Assembly, Juan Guaido, said Friday that the constitution gives the legislature the right to assume transitional power after declaring Maduro a "usurper," but said it would need military backing and for people to take to the streets to dema...
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Venezuela: opposition leader declares himself ready to assume presidency

Juan Guaidó said he has constitutional right to assume leadership because Maduro is an illegitimate ‘usurper’The head of Venezuela’s opposition-run parliament has thrown down the gauntlet to his country’s embattled leader, Nicolás Maduro, declaring himself ready to assume the presidency, in a rare and potentially destabilizing challenge to two decades of Bolivarian rule. Related: Maduro starts new Venezuela term by accusing US of imperialist 'world war' Continue reading...
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Opposition-controlled Venezuela parliament calls for protest to oust Maduro

Maduro, 56, was sworn in for a second term on Thursday, having won a highly controversial election in May that was boycotted by the opposition and branded a fraud by the United States, European Union and Organization of American States. The National Assembly's president Juan Guaido said the constitution gives parliament the right to assume transitional power after declaring Maduro a "usurper," but said it would need military backing and for people to take to the streets to demand change.
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Maduro foe says he’s ready to replace the president

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The head of Venezuela’s opposition-run congress says he’s prepared to step into the nation’s presidency to replace Nicolas Maduro, whose inauguration has been rejected as illegitimate by most countries in the hemisphere. National Assembly President Juan Guaido made the statement to an energized crowd in Caracas on Friday, a day after […]
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US vows to pressure Venezuela's 'illegitimate' Maduro

The United States on Thursday refused to recognize 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 recognize 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 wr...
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Maduro starts new Venezuela term by accusing US of imperialist 'world war'

President Nicolás Maduro shrugged off a tempest of international condemnation to begin his second term in officeThe Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, has 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 Chávez’s Bolivarian revolution after his 2013 death, has overseen a calamitous decline in his c...
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Increasingly isolated Venezuelan president begins new term

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro began a new term on Thursday with the economy in ruins and his regime more isolated than ever as regional leaders declared his re-election illegitimate and shunned his inauguration. The 56-year-old socialist leader was sworn in by Supreme Court president Maikel Moreno as an audience of hundreds, including a handful of South American leftist leaders and Venezuela's military top brass, cheered and applauded. "I swear on behalf of the people of Venezuela... I s...
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The Latest: Brazil party chief blasted for Maduro visit

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on the second-term inauguration of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (all times local):
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Venezuela's Maduro starts new term as U.S. decries him as 'usurper'

The country's pro-government Supreme Court, which has largely supplanted the opposition-run Congress, swore him in following a welcome with a symphony orchestra and cheering supporters waving miniature yellow, blue and red Venezuelan flags. The ceremony contrasted with the harsh realities that face the former bus driver turned socialist leader, including hyperinflation, severe food and medicine shortages and an exodus of millions of citizens. Before he had even completed his inaugural speech,...
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Venezuela's Maduro starts another six-year term despite pressure from neighbors

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was sworn in for a second term on Thursday amid a longstanding economic crisis and pressure from some Latin American neighbors that won't recognize his presidency after a disputed election.
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Venezuelan President Maduro sworn in for second term amid international boycott

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was sworn in to a second term on Thursday in a ceremony shunned by most of the international community amid a devastating economic crisis.  A dozen Latin American governments and Canada in a coalition have rejected the legitimacy of Maduro's next term, and Washington has sanctioned top officials in his government. Paraguay's president, Mario Abdo Benitez, said on Thursday that he was severing diplomatic relations with Venezuela and closing the country&...
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Maduro Kicks Off Second Term With an Economic Disaster of His Own Making

The 56-year-old successor to the late Hugo Chavez has withstood the most obvious threats as he takes the oath of office Thursday. In his next term, Maduro must manage to feed a hungry nation, kick-start production at state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA and fend off creditors threatening to snatch up assets abroad. As leaders such as Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega and Cuba’s Miguel Diaz-Canel arrived in Caracas for Thursday’s inauguration, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton said Amer...
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Venezuela's President Maduro starts new term, shrugs off criticism

The country's pro-government Supreme Court, which has largely supplanted the opposition-run Congress, swore him in following a welcome with a symphony orchestra and cheering supporters waving miniature Venezuelan flags. Before he had even completed his inaugural speech, the United States accused him of "usurping power," and Paraguay announced it was cutting diplomatic ties - a symbol of the growing diplomatic isolation that he will face in the new term. "That's the rallying cry of our revoluti...
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