Venezuelan Army Rejects Opposition's Plan to Impeach Maduro

Venezuelan Defense Minister appeals to opposition to abide by the rule of law. 

Venezuelan Defense Minister Gen. Vladimir Padrino Lopez Tuesday appealed to Venezuelans to exercise “prudence and good sense” following threats by conservative lawmakers in the National Assembly to impeach President Nicolas Maduro.

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Padrino reiterated the armed forces' commitment to protect the Venezuelan constitution against any unlawful threat, and to defend Venezuelans against any attempt to destabilize the country and promote violence. He also reiterated his support for Maduro's government.  

“We urge Venezuelans to act according to law and promote the dialogue between the government and the opposition, that has been always promoted by President Maduro in order to find a solution and together solve the problems of Venezuela,” Padrino said.

After a weekend of tension, Venezuela's socialist government and right-wing opposition Monday announced that they would sit down for formal talks mediated by the Vatican and other international agencies; however, staunch government opponents like Henrique Capriles have dismissed the dialogue and called for violence in the streets to overthrow Maduro. 

“We reject incitement to violence of some opposition sectors who had even called to an international intervention in Venezuela ignoring the despicable consequences that such thing would bring, chaos and anarchy,” Padrino said. 

Meanwhile, thousands poured into the streets of Caracas Tuesday to support Maduro and reject the opposition's attempt to overthrow him. 

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Nicolás Maduro: Venezuelan Parliament Turns its Back to the Country

Caracas, Oct 19 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro today said that the National Assembly has turned its back to the country and breached its responsibilities.

On his program Contact Maduro, from this capital, the leader stressed that Parliament has ignored all its promises and does not serve national interests.However, its actions favor foreign interference and affect the image the country abroad.

During this program, broadcasted by Venezolana deTelevision, he declared that the right-wing deputies, who belong mainly to the opposition coalition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD, in Spanish) have given a demonstration of irresponsibility and turned the National Assembly into an entity useless to national interests.

He also stated the revolutionary forces work to regain the majority in the legislature to deal with this situation.

The president pointed out that the only option that the Venezuelan people have is to progress in the social development of the nation is to comply and to demand the enforment of the guidelines of the Constitution.

'We do not accept anything or anyone's interference with the peaceful constitutional development of our country' he declared.

He also stressed the social consciousness of Venezuelans in the decision making for the construction of the country.

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Venezuelan Budget Won't Come from Oil, Will Go to the People

Almost three-quarters of the budget submitted to the Supreme Court will go to social spending.

Venezuela’s 2017 budget aims to break the oil-rentier model and promote a new system of social justice in the country, an official said Friday.

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Vice President for Planning and Knowledge of Venezuela Ricardo Menendez said that 74 percent of spending is devoted to social projects: 50 percent to health, education and social programs and 24 percent to infrastructure development, urban infrastructure and public works.

He added that 83 percent of the national budget, estimated at over US$830 million, will come from taxes. Another 12 percent will be financed with revenue from socialist state enterprises and only 3.2 percent with oil exports, based on an average of the Venezuelan barrel price of US$30.

Menendez said that the government is committed "to the breakdown of the oil rentier model, and (to) build(ing) another model, greater justice” and to “show how the horizon is raised in Venezuela.”

“We counter the neoliberal model with a production model, and that production comes from our people,” said Menendez.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro presented the budget directly to the Supreme Court for approval on Friday, bypassing interference from the country's aggressive right-wing opposition in the National Assembly.

The Supreme Court had previously declared invalid all acts of the National Assembly after the organization swore in three legislators whose proclamations had been suspended over irregularities when during their campaigns.

The right wing has also been accused of sabotaging the economy, provoking violence to destabilize the country and having no interest in solving any economic problems.

The budget was approved by Maduro after consultation with a popular assembly. It will be rolled out with revitalized methods for management, in step with local governments.

Maduro also approved the Annual Operating Plan and debt law for next year.

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Venezuelan Justice Against Right-wing Fraud in Recall Referendum

Caracas, Oct 11 (Prensa Latina) The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ) has today two pending cases on fraud and other violations in the first stage of the recall referendum promoted by the right against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

According to the newspaper Ultimas Noticias, the body is processing two charges against the so-called Democratic Unity Table (MUD) during the events from April 27th to 29th, when the collection of one percent of signatures was needed to request this electoral process.

The first accusation is about irregularities in the documents filed to the Constitutional Court on June 13th by the representative of the Presidential Commission for Verification of signatures, Jorge Rodriguez.

On June 16th, attorney Luis Alberto Rodriguez brought a joint action of protection to the same institution to ask magistrates annul the call for referendum against Maduro.

In its brief, the attorney pointed out that the recall referendum should be used under the premise of political responsibility 'and not as a tool to gain power and disturbing the peace of the nation'.

The executive has also formally asked the Supreme Court to end parliamentary immunity on the grounds that this benefit is being used by the leadership of the opposition to successfully avoid punishment for crimes against the people and their illegal and unconstitutional acts.

With these pending proceedings, the Constitutional Court will meet today, although this issue is not expected to be discussed.

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Maduro Fosters Peace, Boosts Economic Development in Venezuela

The Bolivarian government continues today developing actions to ensure peace and incite the country’s economic growth, contrasting with the destabilizing and unconstitutional behavior of the Venezuelan National Assembly (AN).

The recent statement by Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, about the possibility of interrupting the issue of capital to the Parliament (with opposition majority), for violating the constitution and continuously disobeying the decisions of the judicial power, captured the media’s interest today.

Maduro referred to the fraud committed in the process to activate the referendum and the swear-in ceremony as legislator of three Amazonas candidates. They were vetoed by a preventive judgment by the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), in accordance with irregularities in the December 6 parliamentary elections.

During his television program "En Contacto con Maduro," broadcast by state TV channel Venezolana de Television, the head of State said he requested legal advice to adopt a final position.

Maduro said that, at any circumstances, the workers will receive their wages through a direct deposit, because they are not responsible for the stupid things committed by AN president, Henry Ramos, and all their rights will be guaranteed.

While this context of tension among the main political actors in the South American nation is in red in the media’s agendas, the government efforts to protect social stability and overcome the current economic crisis also appear in the vortex of the news.

The president urged to strengthen economic measures for the people, after announcing the appointment of Carlos Farias as Minister of Industry and Commerce, and Ricardo Molina as Minister of Transport and Public Works.

About this issue, I state that complicated challenges as of the creation and implementation of the Great Sovereign Supply and Security Mission are on the way. It is aimed at satisfying the growing demands of the population access to products, goods and services.

The also president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela appointed General Staff of the National Guard, Nestor Reverol, as Minister of Interior, Justice and Peace at the Junin Theater, in central Caracas.

The government will intensify the fight against gangs, paramilitarism and drug trafficking networks, amid a period of high impact against the organized crime, he also said.

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Venezuela's Maduro Commits Funds to Seized Factory

The factory, now controlled by the workers, can provide 20 percent of the national demand for hard-to-find personal hygiene products.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro visited the recently-seized installations of the Kimberly Clark corporation Thursday, where he committed funds to ensure the operation of the factory in an effort to help make important personal hygiene goods available.

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"We will recover 100 percent of the company's produtive capacity,” said Maduro.

The factory — which was recently seized and handed over to the workers — is a producer of numerous personal, feminine, and baby care products. The factory is believed to be able to produce 20 percent of the national demand for these products.

The company halted operations earlier this month and fired more than 900 workers, with the company alleging that they lacked the raw materials to make their products. However, a government investigation found the company's warehouses to be well-stocked.

Maduro approved US$22 million for the operation of the factory and more funds, in Venezuelan Bolivars, to purchase the necessary raw materials.

The factory can produce, every month, 25 million diapers, 18 million sanitary napkins and 33 million rolls of toilet paper – products that have been in short supply throughout Venezuela.

President Nicolas Maduro has repeatedly accused managers and owners of certain private companies of engaging in an “economic war” against his government by deliberately limiting the availability of basic goods, including personal hygiene products.

President Maduro had warned in May that shuttered businesses and factories would be given to the workers so production could be restarted.

The Venezuelan government launched a new program this month aimed at tackling shortages of food and medical supplies.

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Maduro Says Venezuela Open to Respectful Relations with US

The U.S. government was forced to adopt a more conciliatory position after OAS member-states backed efforts at dialogue.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro welcomed the prospect of normalized relations with the United States after Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced there would be high-level meetings to improve the relationship between the two countries.

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“We are ready … to have respectful relations with the United States, with the government of President Obama and the governments to come,” said Maduro.

“We can coexist. If (the United States) can coexist with China, Vietnam, and Cuba, why not Venezuela?” asked Maduro.

Relations between Venezuela and the United States have been icy for over a decade but took a turn for the worse after the United States declared Venezuela to be a threat to its national security.

President Maduro accuses the United States government of conspiring with the Venezuelan opposition to oust him from office.

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The United States, however, suffered an embarrassment at the recent General Assembly of the Organization of American States when member-states rejected Secretary-General Luis Almagro's efforts to have Venezuela suspended from the regional bloc.

Instead member-states accepted a request from Venezuela to review the behavior of Almagro to determine if he stepped out of line with his polemic and undiplomatic statements aimed at the Venezuelan government.

In light of the dynamics that played out at the OAS, Kerry took a decidedly different line, saying they too did oppose suspending Venezuela from the bloc.

Almagro has held meetings with the leadership of the opposition controlled National Assembly and championed their cause at the OAS.

The leadership of the National Assembly, however, was chastised by the Venezuelan Supreme Court for encroaching on the constitutional duties of the executive. 

The 1999 Venezuelan Constitution specifies that the President is in charge of foreign relations. Right-wing lawmakers and politicians have traveled to meet with figures like Almagro to help gather support for the ouster of the democratically elected government of Nicolas Maduro.

The right-wing leadership of the National Assembly specifically requested Almagro apply the Democratic Charter against Venezuela but the Supreme Court issued an injunction invalidating that request.

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Venezuela: Support for Government-Opposition Dialogue Stressed

Caracas, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez cataloged today as a victory for her country within the OAS the support for the dialogue between the government and the opposition with the accompaniment of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur, in Spanish).

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