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Today, Nicolás Maduro will assume a second term of six years in an environment of illegitimacy
After being re-elected in the elections of May 20, 2018, where the President of the Republic and legislative councils were chosen at the national level, Nicolás Maduro will assume a second six-year term as president from today.
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Born in 1962 in Caracas, Maduro was guitarist of a rock group, bodyguard, and driver in the municipal transportation company of the Venezuelan capital before arriving to the political arena under the guidance of Hugo Chávez.
In 2012, Maduro was appointed vice president of Venezuela and in early 2013, after Chávez's death on March 5, he became president of the Latin American country. Later, elections were called and Nicolás Maduro won the presidency to Henrique Capriles with 51% of the votes.
What about his government?
According to the IMF, Maduro's policies generated a shortage of basic basket products and medical supplies and hyperinflation of 1,000,000% by the end of 2018. In addition, the economy will contract 5% in 2019, and hyperinflation will reach 10,000,000%.
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On the other hand, according to the newspaper El Pitazo, the rupture of the constitutional order, the continuous violations of human rights, and the demarcation with the democratic principles of its government have generated international reactions that go beyond the rejection of his management. The United States, Canada, and Panama issued economic sanctions to Maduro's cabinet officials, as did the countries of the European Union.
In addition, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the number of Venezuelan migrants and refugees in the world reached 3 million, in what is one of the worst crisis in history.
Although his opponents have done almost everything to displace him, including protests, dialogues, a referendum, and 46 countries around the world did not acknowledged the results of the elections on May 20, the situation is not good for Venezuela.
As political scientist and professor Luis Salamanca explains to El Tiempo, from today "politically we will have entered a new system that will start working with an unelected president in free elections, not internationally recognized, who will work without legislative power, because we know that the National Assembly was annulled and usurped in its functions by the regime. He will govern without opposition and with the military gaining a greater role within the political system".
LatinAmerican Post | Luisa Báez
Translated from "Venezuela tendrá que soportar a Nicolás Maduro por otros seis años"