Venezuela: More Congratulations Follow Maduro’s Re-election

Source:  TeleSUR
May 23 2018

maduro greets supporters after elections may 2018.jpgVenezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro greets supporters after being confirmed
winner of the May 20 elections. | Photo: Reuters

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Antigua and Barbuda resoundingly congratulated Maduro on his second win, as the EU and OAS rejected the results.

More heads of state have come forward to congratulate Venezuela‘s President Nicolas Maduro on his successful re-election on May 20, while the European Union and Organization of American States (OAS) refuse to recognize the results.

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The prime ministers of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Antigua and Barbudaresoundingly congratulated Maduro on his second win.

Prime minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, said: “We applaud your government and your people for conducting these elections. We congratulate you (Maduro) wholeheartedly on this re-election.

“It is with joy that the government and the people of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines welcome the good news that the government and the people of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela held presidential elections on Sunday, May 20, 2018, which is consistent with the high standards required of the international community.

“We congratulate you whole-heartedly on your own re-election to the presidency of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.”

Gonsalves also voiced hopes the shared multi and bilateral agreements between Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Venezuela, such as the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELEC), will strengthen during Maduro’s upcoming term.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines ambassador to CubaEllsworth John, headed the Caribbean Electoral Observer Mission to monitor Venezuela’s electoral process first-hand.

Both Gonsalves and the Antigua and Barbuda prime minister, Gaston Browne, say they are looking forward to another six years of working with Maduro.

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Browne said: “I look forward to working with you and expanding our cooperation in projects related to development for the mutual benefit of both peoples.” He concluded by saying Maduro’s re-election is a “victory for… national sovereignty… a cornerstone of international law.”

Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) President Brahim Gali also wished Maduro success: “Venezuela is and will continue to be an important reference… in the fight against colonialism, imperialism.” SADR controls a portion of land within Western Sahara.

At the other end of the spectrum, the OAS and the EU confirmed their rejection of the results.

The EU claims that the date of the May 20 general elections was not agreed upon by all parties so didn’t comply with “international standards for a credible process,” despite opposition parties verbally agreeing to the date late last year.

The EU is now considering “appropriate measures” in response to the election outcome.

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‘The World is Not Trump’s Estate’: Bolivia’s Evo Morales Condemns US Sanctions on Venezuela

Source:  TeleSUR
May 22 2018

evo morales may 2018 2.pngBolivia’s President Evo Morales speaks during a news conference at the
presidential palace in La Paz, Bolivia. | Photo: Reuters

“It is a reprisal for having democratically defeated the coup, boycott against President Nicolás Maduro,” Bolivia’s president reiterated. 

Bolivian President Evo Morales has rejected a new round of sanctions imposed on Venezuela by the United States’ after Nicolas Maduro was re-elected as the country’s president Sunday.

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“We condemn the unilateral decision that imposes a new economic blockade to suffocate the Venezuelan people, in retaliation for having defeated the coup, boycott against President Nicolas Maduro democratically. Trump must understand that the world is not his estate,” Morales said in a tweet posted late Monday.

The U.S. along with its right-wing European and Latin American allies have repeatedly called Venezuela’s elections a ‘sham’ before and after Maduro won at the polls.

Morales’ remarks come after he congratulated Maduro on his re-election, and praised it as a victory against foreign interventionism.

Condenamos decisión unilateral de EEUU que impone un nuevo bloqueo económico para asfixiar al hermano pueblo venezolano, como represalia por haber derrotado democráticamente el boicot golpista contra el presidente Nicolás Maduro. Trump debe entender que el mundo no es su hacienda

“It is a reprisal for having democratically defeated the coup and boycott against President Nicolás Maduro,” Morales reiterated.

Over 20 million Venezuelans were called to the polls to elect their next president, where Maduro won with 6,190,612 votes, with a 46 percent voter turnout.

Maduro Declares Top US Diplomat Persona Non Grata, Gives Him 48 Hours to Leave

Source:  TeleSUR
May 22 2018

Nicolas Maduro may 2018 3Venezuela’s President Maduro addresses the audience during the ceremony
to receive a certificate confirming him as winner of Sunday’s election, in Caracas. | Photo: Reuters

Maduro,  in rejection of Washington’s interventionist policies, has given Chargé d’Affaires Todd Robinson 48 hours to leave Venezuela.

President Nicolas Maduro said United States Chargé d’Affaires Todd Robinsonand head of political affairs Brian Naranjo have 48 hours to leave Venezuela. Maduro says the decision to expel the pair is aimed at defending Venezuela’s sovereignty and in rejection of Washington’s interventionist policies against the country and its people.

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“I have declared him persona non grata, and I announce the exit of the United States Chargé d’Affaires in 48 hours,” Maduro said of Todd Robinson during the official proclamation of his re-election. He accused Robinson of being involved in “a military conspiracy” against Venezuela saying the U.S. embassy had been meddling in the military, economic and political issues, and vowed to present evidence to the nation shortly.

“Neither with conspiracies nor with sanctions will you hold Venezuela back,” Maduro said, at the National Electoral Council’s (CNE) headquarters in downtown Caracas.

More than 20 warnings

He said that the government had given the embassy more than 20 warnings regarding interference into Venezuelan internal affairs, but all had fallen on deaf ears.

Maduro announced the measures in a speech after receiving credentials from the country’s National Electoral Council confirming his new presidential mandate following his victory in Sunday’s election.

Unconventional war against Venezuela

Maduro said that Venezuela faces unconventional forms of war that seek to colonize it again and destroy its democracy but the country and its people have prevailed.

“A miracle brings us here. How many obstacles we have overcome. The maker of the miracle is the people of Venezuela, with their strength,” Maduro told the crowd at the CNE. “Venezuela is capable of overcoming any challenge, and has the democratic and institutional maturity and strength of conscience.”

Argentina’s Maradona Says Venezuela ‘Voted to Continue Legacy of Hugo Chavez ‘

Source:  TeleSUR
May 21 2018

 

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Ex-Argentine soccer player Diego Armando Maradona gestures as
Venezuela’s President Maduro kisses the national flag during a campaign rally in Caracas. | Photo: Reuters

“I’m very glad Maduro didn’t lose, because the United States would taken over everything, just like they’re doing in Argentina,” said Maradona.

Argentine former soccer player Diego Maradona expressed his support to Venezuelan people’s decision to reelect President Nicolas Maduro for another six-year term, after attending his campaign’s closing ceremony Thursday.

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“Yesterday, Venezuela again gave its support to Nicolas Maduro. The Venezuelans that don’t want to be invaded, the good Venezuelans, elected him again to continue the legacy of Commander Hugo Chavez. Today Venezuela is free forever,” wrote the soccer star in his Facebook account.

The former national Argentine team coach has been a long-time supporter of the Bolivarian revolution and a fierce critic of neoliberal policies in Latin America.

“I’m very glad Maduro didn’t lose, because the United States would have taken over everything, just like they’re doing in Argentina, as they’re doing in Brazil, and in every country that want to keep its head up.”

Despite critics from the opposition and other detractors, Maradona has remained firm in his support for the Venezuelan government and President Nicolas Maduro.

“And to those who criticize me, I thank you with my soul. They speak from their homes and have the plate full of food everyday. And we’re fighting in Venezuela so that plate can be full. I greet the singer, the actress and the ex-soccer player that woke up after a long time. I won’t vote for the ones they want,” said Maradona, referring to critics of singer Jose Luis Rodriguez “el Puma” and ex-soccer player Mario Kempes.

“My back is wide enough to hold everything they want to tell me. I send a big hug to all Venezuelans!” he concluded.

Cuba: Diaz-Canel, Raul Castro Congratulate Maduro

Source:  TeleSUR
May 21 2018

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Former President and Cuban Communist Party chief Raul Castro Ruz also
congratulated Maduro. | Photo: Reuters

The Cuban Government offers solidarity regarding any new challenges faced by Maduro’s Government in the new six-year presidential term.

Cuban officials, late Sunday, congratulated Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on an overwhelming victory in the presidential election, in letters posted on Venezuela’s Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza‘s Twitter page.

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“The Bolivarian and Chavista community has demonstrated once again it’s determination in defending the legacy of Chavez, who you represent worthily,” President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez said in a letter addressed to Maduro.

Diaz-Canel added that the Cuban Government will be supportive and offer solidarity regarding any new challenges faced by Maduro’s Government in the new six-year presidential term.

Former President and Cuban Communist Party chief Raul Castro Ruz also congratulated Maduro on victory in the Venezuelan presidential elections.

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China, Russia Call for Respecting Venezuela Elections, Condemn US Intervention

Source:  TeleSUR
May 21 2018

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President Nicolas Maduro won the Venezuelan presidential elections Sunday, gaining a second presidential term for six years with more than 5.8 million votes.

A day after the Venezuelan general elections, China and Russia called on Monday for respecting the country’s democratic process and rejected attempts of interfence by the United States and other regional powers.

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“The parties involved must respect the decision of the Venezuelan people,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang at a press conference in Beijing, as he encouraged resolving any dispute through legal channels, EFE reported.

Kang affirmed China’s policy of not interfering in internal affairs of other countries and was convinced that the Venezuelan government and citizens will be able to resolve the issues.  “China will address the relevant issues in accordance with diplomatic practice,” the spokesman added.

Victory for Maduro despite open US interference

President Nicolas Maduro won the Venezuelan presidential elections Sunday, gaining a second presidential term for six years with more than 5.8 million votes, the country’s National Electoral Council (CNE) reported.

The opposition candidate, former governor, Henri Falcón came second after Maduro – and the evangelical expiator Javier Bertucci have made accusations of irregularities.

Maduro’s win comes at a time when the United States and its right-wing regional allies as well as several European governments have made several attempts to intervene in Venezuela’s presidential elections through sanctions and boycott calls against the Venezuelan election saying they won’t recognize the results, policies that were rejected by the Russian Foreign Ministry Monday.

“We regrettably have to note that in these elections, in addition to the two traditional participants, that is, the Venezuelan people, the electors, on the one hand, and on the other the candidates who presented their programs … there was a third participant, the governments who openly called for a boycott of the vote,” said Alexánder Schetinin, director of the Latin American Department of the Foreign Ministry.

Schetinin also added that Russia is often accused of meddling in other countries’ elections but in Venezuela’s case, some countries have meddled indiscriminately.

He added that some countries put obstacles “among others to hinder the voting in their territories of Venezuelans who are abroad.”

“And even worse when a whole series of governments, including the one you are appointing (United States), a priori declared that they would not recognize the results,” he said during a press conference, the Interfax news agency reported.

“The elections have been held and their results have an irreversible character: two-thirds of the votes went to the current president of the country, Nicolás Maduro,” he concluded.

Latin American support

While Many countries in Latin America have recognized the Venezuelan elections and congratulated President Maduro, such as Cuba, Bolivia and El Salvador, right-wing governments in the region have dismissed the vote as “illegtimate” echoing statements by the U.S. and Canada and some Western countries who had dismissed the vote and teh results before the election had even taken place.

The so-called Lima Group plus Canada issued a statement Monday saying it did not recognize the legitimacy of Venezuela’s presidential election. The statement said the countries would call their ambassadors back from Caracas for consultations and hold a meeting to coordinate a regional response to what they call “crisis” in Venezuela. They also said they would seek a new resolution on “the situation” in the South American country.

Such attempts of interference into Venezuela’s internal affairs have repeatedly been rejected over the past few months by the government in Caracas as well as left-wing governments in the region.

The Lima Group includes Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Santa Lucia, Canada, Colombia, Honduras, Costa Rica and Guatemala.

Maduro’s Victory is ‘Liberation of All the Americas’

Source:  TeleSUR
May 21 2018

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The Dominican Committee of Solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela said Maduro’s win is a victory for Latin American and Caribbean peoples.

The Dominican Committee of Solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela issued a statement to congratulate “Comrade Nicolas Maduro” on victory in the Venezuelan presidential elections.

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“The Dominican Republic celebrates the recent victory with all of Venezuela, all Venezuelans, and all Latin Americans despite imperialist threats and the isolated echoes of its deceptive allies,” the Committee of Solidarity expressed.

The organization reiterated solidarity with the people of the Bolivarian Republic, citing Maduro’s win as a victory in the continued fight of Latin America and the Latin American and Caribbean peoples.

The committee also said that the endurance of the “revolutionary Chavista and socialist” mantra was a positive move towards the “liberation of all the Americas.”

Members of the Dominican Committee of Solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution.

The statement added that President Maduro’s victory is demonstrative of the people of Venezuela’s commitment to commemorating the ideals of Commander Hugo Chavez – a future of peace, unity, and solidarity among Venezuelans, and by extension all Latin American and Caribbean peoples.

Venezuela’s successful electoral process, the release says, incubates the strengthening of Interamerican institutions like Unasur, ALBA, and Celac by reinforcing the democracy between its national institutions.  The solidarity committee noted that President Maduro is embarking on a new six-year term confirming the will of the Venezuelan people to be free,indepemdent,sovereign and socialist.

In conclusion,, the organization highlighted a shared triumph with fearless people of Venezuela, Maduro, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela as well as Latin America and the wider Caribbean.