Maduro Accuses US of Planning Coup in Venezuela

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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has stated that US officials want to “destroy the Bolivarian revolution” and “plan to carry out a military coup in Venezuela.”

According to the portal Globovision, the President of Venezuela made these statements on Thursday, stating: “No one should open the doors to the conspiracy and destruction of the sacred union of our Bolivarian National Armed Forces.”

According to Maduro, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been behind such calls for a military coup, first as head of the CIA and then as Secretary of State, as well as Vice President Mike Pence, the Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), and the US embassy.

On Sunday, Nicolás Maduro was reelected in presidential elections, obtaining 5.8 million votes (about 68%). According to the National Electoral Council. Candidate Henri Falcón obtained more than 1.8 million votes and Javier Bertucci 952,000 votes. In total, about 46% of voters participated in the elections. The opposition, however, did not recognize the result of the elections, alleging irregularities in the electoral process.

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Several countries and international organizations have also refused to recognize the outcome of the Venezuelan elections. Russia’s Foreign Ministry has warned that “calls not to recognize the election are intended to create a political vacuum, which could seriously destabilize the situation in and around the country.”

In an effort at conciliation, Maduro has proposed to the Venezuelan National Constituent Assembly that political prisoners who have not committed serious crimes be released. 

“There is a group of people detained for crimes committed because of political violence and I want these people to be released and have the opportunity for a national reconciliation process,” Maduro said during the inauguration ceremony of his new presidential term.

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