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Venezuela’s ruling Socialists seize congress, defiant opposition re-elects Guaido

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CARACAS,  (Reuters) – Venezuela’s socialist government installed a new head of Congress yesterday after armed troops blocked opposition legislators from entering parliament, in a move condemned by dozens of nations as an assault on democracy.

Troops with riot shields blocked opposition leader Juan Guaido from entering parliament for what was expected to be his re-election as head of Congress, at one point pulling him off the compound’s iron railings after he tried to push past security forces.

The blockade allowed the ruling Socialist Party to hand the post to legislator Luis Parra, who was recently expelled by an opposition party over corruption allegations. (See earlier report below) Continue reading

Maduro orders treason charges against Guaido over Guyana claim

President Nicolas Maduro

Maduro’s order, which was swiftly followed up by the announcement of an investigation by attorney general Tarek William Saab, ratchets up the stakes in Venezuela’s political crisis, just as Guyana is about to debut as an oil producer from offshore acreage in the disputed territory.

ExxonMobil plans to produce 120,000 b/d of crude starting in March 2020 from the Stabroek block, rising to 750,000 b/d in 2025, a volume that nearly matches Venezuela’s shrunken output.      Continue reading

Trump reportedly floated ‘using military force’ in Venezuela

Trump reportedly floated ‘using military force’ in Venezuela

President Donald Trump

Business Insider – – 28 January 2019

  • President Donald Trump reportedly floated using “military force” in Venezuela to Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham in recent weeks.
  • Graham told Axios he cautioned Trump the move could be “problematic.”
  • The US and several other countries recently recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the legitimate interim president over Nicolas Maduro.
  • Speculation has been mounting ever since over the Trump administration’s next moves in Venezuela

President Donald Trump reportedly weighed using the “military option” in Venezuela in recent weeks, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham told Axios on Sunday,  27 January 2019 Continue reading

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