CARACAS, Venezuela – Nicolás Maduro made the oath of office on Thursday as President of Venezuela, which lasts until 2025.
“I swear by the legacy of our beloved commander Hugo Chavez, I swear by the children of Venezuela, I swear I will not rest my arm or rest my soul,” Maduro said during the meeting. “I swear on behalf of the people of Venezuela, I swear by the legacy of our ancestors,” he said at the inauguration ceremony.
In addition, the president promised to fulfill “all the postulates of the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to try to defend the absolute independence of the country and build socialism of the twenty-first century.”
Nicolás Maduro begins his second consecutive term as head of state on January 10. However, he takes the stand amid criticism and rejection of his mandate by several countries.
Heir to the late Hugo Chávez, Maduro won the presidential elections in May 2018 with more than 67% of the vote. The results have not been recognized by many countries in the world.
The inauguration ceremony took place in the country’s Supreme Court building, since the opposition-controlled parliament, the National Assembly, was excluded from participation in Venezuela’s political life.
Article 231 of the Venezuelan Constitution allows the ceremony to be held in the Supreme Court if the head of state can not take an oath before parliament.
The European Union and the member countries of the bloc did not send representatives to the inauguration of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, who was re-elected in May last year. The information was released by EU diplomacy spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic.
“The European Union and its member countries will not participate in the inauguration ceremony today,” she told reporters in Brussels.
Nicolás Maduro was re-elected on May 20 in presidential elections convened by a parallel, state-backed, opposition-boycotted Constituent Assembly in which many of the most well-known leaders were under house arrest or barred from running.
The United States, the European Union and a group of countries in the Western Hemisphere called the Lima Group refused to recognize the mandate.
The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) has approved a resolution in which it does not recognize the legitimacy of the new term of office of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela and called for new elections to be held at an early date with international observers.
The OAS resolved not to “recognize the legitimacy of the Nicolás Maduro regime as of January 10, 2019,” it said in a statement Thursday.
The resolution was adopted with 19 votes in favor, 6 against, 8 abstentions and 1 absence.
Nicolás Maduro, begins on January 10 a second consecutive term as head of state until January 2025.
The countries that signed the document were Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Saint Lucia; Mexico abstained from signing the text.
Paraguay has decided to break diplomatic relations with Venezuela and close its embassy in the country after Nicolas Maduro’s inauguration.
“The Government of the Republic of Paraguay, in the exercise of its constitutional powers and national sovereignty, adopted the decision to break diplomatic relations with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela,” said the statement issued by the head of state, Mario Abdo, on his Twitter account.
Abdo made the announcement just minutes after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was sworn in for his new presidential term. Maduro has downplayed global criticism that his leadership is illegitimate.
— Marito Abdo (@MaritoAbdo) January 10, 2019
“There are no bad consequences when advocating just causes,” Abdo said in a television address. “The cause of freedom and democracy is a just cause,” he added.