“We’re ready to compete!” President Maduro told cheering supporters in a Caracas square shortly before midnight on Sunday, next to a statue of Venezuela’s independence hero Simon Bolivar.
On Tuesday, Venezuela’s powerful former oil czar Rafael Ramirez said he resigned from his job as UN envoy on orders of the President of Venezuela.
Ledezma said he had gone past 29 police and army controls during a clandestine, overland journey that he kept secret from his loved ones.
Previous dialogue efforts have ended in recriminations between the two sides and no concrete progress amid a dire economic crisis.
Some Cubans hope the handover of power from the leaders of the 1959 revolution to a new generation will bring more political openness.
Freddy Guevara, who runs the hardline Popular Will party and is also the deputy leader of Congress, entered the residence on Saturday and requested protection, the Chilean government said in a statement.
What’s going on in Venezuela is the unintended consequence of Saudi Arabia’s policy of keeping oil prices deliberately low for political reasons.
His warning came in a televised speech after the government on Sunday unexpectedly won 18 of 23 states in a vote which the opposition calls fraudulent.
Mexico and Chile have been bitterly critical of President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government over rights and democracy issues, while fellow leftist-led Bolivia and Nicaragua are staunch allies.
According to the UN, security forces and pro-government armed groups were responsible for 73 out of 146 deaths that its team has opened investigations into.
The order is Washington’s biggest sanctions blow to date against Maduro, meant to punish his government for what Trump has called an erosion of democracy.
Neither Macri nor Temer are achieving what they had promised, and in other countries, the panorama does not correspond to what the right was hoping for.
President Nicolas Maduro sponsored last month’s election of the 545-member constituent assembly over objections from the opposition.
Following Trump’s statement that military intervention in Venezuela was an option, many Maduro critics are rejecting the idea of a foreign invasion.
Trump’s threat is a surprise escalation of Washington’s response to Venezuela’s political crisis that Caracas has disparaged as “craziness”.
Renowned political scientist George Maher discusses the latest developments in Venezuela: a new UN human rights report, US sanctions and the begrudging admission by Maduro’s foes that he still has popular support.
In a declaration in Lima, countries including Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Colombia condemned the “breakdown of democratic order” in Venezuela.
Foreign ministers of Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil urged Maduro to release prisoners and immediately start a political transition.
Amidst the social upheaval in Venezuela, 1,420 Venezuelans have sought asylum in Mexico in the first six months in 2017, a nearly four-fold jump from 2016.
The assembly is meant to be a legislative super-body designed to give Maduro powers to rewrite the constitution and sideline the opposition-led congress.
No oil-related measures were included in the announcement, but such measures remain under consideration, according to congressional sources.
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Wuilly Arteaga had become an iconic face in anti-Maduro protests, playing the national anthem as tear gas enveloped him and rubber bullets flew around him.
Jesus Rojas and Zuleima Gonzalez were seized in central Anzoategui state after another appointee, Angel Zerpa, was arrested over the weekend.
The majority-backed opposition want Venezuelans to close businesses, halt transport and barricade streets as part of a civil disobedience campaign.
Record high numbers turned out to participate in a historic dry run vote for the constituent assembly, aimed at easing tensions and creating a more representative constitution.
Luisa Ortega has said she is expecting to be fired after alleging human rights abuses and erosion of democracy under the country’s leftist president.
The country that was once South America’s richest is now on the verge of bankruptcy.
Detainees, which include officers as well as low-ranked servicemen serve as proof of dissatisfaction and dissent within Venezuela’s 150,000-strong military.
At least 79 people – including passers-by and security forces – have died in the daily exercises of democratic participation that began in April.
Latin America’s murder rate is the highest in the world, accounting for one in every four homicides on the planet.
Faced with a rising tide of popular discontent and pressure from the US and Mexico, the OAS looks to chastise a belligerent Venezuela which accused the member nations of being “lapdogs of imperialism”.
From paintings to poems to photographs, the youth of Venezuela has started marching in public spaces and right in front of security forces in many areas.
The pan-American organisation stood at a deadlock regarding a resolution to criticise the Venezuelan government for the crisis, while Venezuela itself pulled out in protest.
Nicolas Maduro slammed the US-based website after many government-linked accounts were suspended, urged citizens to flood the service in retaliation.
The prosecutor accused the security forces of ‘excessive violence’ and heavily criticised President Maduro’s decision to revise the constitution.
Trump’s revised approach calls for stricter enforcement of a longtime ban on Americans going to Cuba as tourists
In an era of dwindling press freedom and mass socio-economic crisis, journalists and activists in the country are taking innovative measures to bring the news to the masses.
Luisa Ortega has questioned President Maduro’s handling of opposition street protests in recent weeks and challenged his plan to rewrite a constitution brought in by late leader Hugo Chavez.
According to a recent poll, 85% of the citizens were opposed to this decision.