Maduro Highlights Fidel Castro's Legacy in Sao Paulo Forum

Havana, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro highlighted today the legacy of Fidel Castro's resistance and struggle at the 24th Meeting of Sao Paulo Forum.

In a plenary session devoted to the thought of the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, during the last day of the three-day meeting, the President pointed out Fidel's commitment to unity and the defense of social justice and the dignity of the people.

At Havana's Conventions Center, Maduro also mentioned the example of the Cuban leader (1926-2016) as a creator and promoter of projects marked by justice, democracy and dignity, regardless of what those processes are called.

During his speech, the Venezuelan leader addressed the situation in his country, subjected to internal and external aggression, with the United States government as a protagonist, a crusade that includes the danger of a military aggression.

We have resisted the violence and the attacks of the most powerful empire, said Maduro, who recalled the interest of the powers, and in particular of Washington, in seizing the great resources of the South American country, including oil and gold.

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Cuban President Diaz-Canel Attends Sao Paulo Forum

The President of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, is attending today in this capital the closing day of the 24th Meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum.

At the Convention Center, the leader participates in a plenary session dedicated to the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, one of the promoters of the Forum which was created in 1990 to promote the unity of the progressive and leftist forces of Latin America and the Caribbean.

The heads of state of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, Bolivia, Evo Morales, and El Salvador, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, as well as personalities and representatives of political parties and organizations, are also at the meeting to honor Fidel Castro.

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More than 600 delegates from Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Europe are participating in the twenty-fourth edition of the Sao Paulo Forum, which was held on the island after the meetings of 1993 and 2001.

The unity of the left and the progressive sectors centered the debates of the meeting in a context marked by the offensive of the regional right and the escalation of the hegemonic positions of the United States government.

The Sao Paulo Forum is expected to adopt here a declaration aimed at outlining strategies to relaunch the left and counter the onslaught of the defenders of neoliberalism.

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Bolivia's Morales Slams 'Coup Attempts' by US, OAS in Venezuela

Evo Morales said he condemns U.S. coup attempts in Venezuela with the pretext of applying the OAS Inter-American Democratic Charter.

Bolivian President Evo Morales condemned Wednesday U.S. attempts at trashing the Bolivarian Revolutionary government of Venezuela .

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The head of state took to his official Twitter account, writing, “We condemn the coup attempt of #EEUU [U.S.] that seeks to force an intervention of the brother people of Venezuela with the excuse of applying Inter-American Democratic Charter of the #OAS.”

He also called out U.S. Vice President Mike Pence describing his request to suspend Venezuela from the Organization of American States, or OAS, during the organization's 48th General Assembly as being “undemocratic.”

Morales added that Pence's position was in direct “violation of the principles of sovereignty and non-interference” in the internal affairs of other countries.

He said the United States is using the application of the Inter-American Democratic Charter of the OAS as a pretext to stir up regional support for a military intervention in Venezuela.

Apart from requesting Venezuela's suspension from the OAS, Pence also requested member countries impose new sanctions on the South American country

The Bolivian leader said he will not attend the OAS resolution that will start the process of suspending Venezuela from the organization. He argued that such a determination contravenes the principles of international law regarding the sovereignty of states.

Venezuela, led by President Nicolas Maduro, has repeatedly rejected constant aggression and interventionist measures spearheaded by the United States and its “junior partners” in the region, including, but not limited to, Peru, Colombia and Brazil.

On the other hand, Venezuelan authorities have argued that any attempt to suspend the country from the OAS is only an added provocation as the nation announced last year that it was leaving the regional bloc, a process that will be finalized in April 2019.

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Maduro Says Several Army Officers Detained on Suspicion of Plotting Coup

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Several officers of the Venezuelan armed forces have been detained on suspicion of conspiring a coup attempt and plotting to thwart the presidential election while being funded by the Colombian government and the US embassy, President Nicolas Maduro said.

"Having faced charges, they pleaded guilty to having sold themselves to traitors who paid them from Colombia in dollars to make them betray dignity, morals, and loyalty of our armed forces," Maduro was quoted by the Noticias Venezuela news portal as saying during his swearing-in ceremony as president on Thursday.

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According to Maduro, those detained confessed that they had been seeking to disrupt the presidential election and received money from the US embassy.

The president added that the suspects had been financed by both the US Embassy and the Colombian government, who had been allegedly acting in conjunction.

On Sunday, Venezuela held its presidential election, with four candidates running. According to the National Electoral Council, Maduro was re-elected as Venezuelan president for his second term, having secured 68 percent of votes, with slightly over 46 percent voter turnout.

Following the announcement of the election’s results, a number of countries, such as the United States, Argentina, Spain, Germany, and the United Kingdom characterized the vote as either unfair or illegitimate, questioning the transparent and inclusive nature of the electoral process.

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Raul Castro and Cuban President Congratulate Nicolas Maduro

Cuban leader Raul Castro and President Miguel Díaz-Canel congratulated today Venezuela''s newly re-elected President Nicolas Maduro on his victory in Sunday''s presidential elections.

In his message, the first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba sent warm congratulations and stressed that 'the Venezuelan people have once again shown their loyalty and commitment to the Bolivarian and Chavista Revolution'.

For his part, Diaz-Canel reaffirmed the solidarity of the Cuban Revolution with the Venezuelan people in the new challenges to face.

'The Bolivarian and Chavista people have once again demonstrated their determination to defend the legacy of Chavez, which you so gracefully represent,' said the Cuban president in his letter to Maduro published on Twitter by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza.

This Sunday,the Venezuelan president received more than six million votes, representing about 68 percent of the vote, a situation which will keep him in office until 2025.

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China, Russia Call for Respecting Venezuela Elections, Condemn US Intervention

President Nicolas Maduro won the Venezuelan presidential elections Sunday, gaining a second presidential term for six years with more than 5.8 million votes.

A day after the Venezuelan general elections, China and Russia called Monday for respecting the country's democratic process and rejected attempts of interfence by the United States and other regional powers. 

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"The parties involved must respect the decision of the Venezuelan people," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang at a press conference in Beijing, as he encouraged resolving any dispute through legal channels, EFE reported. 

Kang affirmed China's policy of not interfering in internal affairs of other countries and was convinced that the Venezuelan government and citizens will be able to resolve the issues.  "China will address the relevant issues in accordance with diplomatic practice," the spokesman added. 

President Nicolas Maduro won the Venezuelan presidential elections Sunday, gaining a second presidential term for six years with more than 5.8 million votes, the country's National Electoral Council (CNE) reported.  

The opposition candidate, former governor, Henri Falcón came second after Maduro - and the evangelical expiator Javier Bertucci have made accusations of irregularities. 

Maduro's win comes at a time when the United States and its right-wing regional allies as well as several European governments have made several attempts to intervene in Venezuela's presidential elections through sanctions and boycott calls against the Venezuelan election saying they won't recognize the results, policies that were rejected by the Russian Foreign Ministry Monday.  

"We regrettably have to note that in these elections, in addition to the two traditional participants, that is, the Venezuelan people, the electors, on the one hand, and on the other the candidates who presented their programs ... there was a third participant, the governments who openly called for a boycott of the vote," said Alexánder Schetinin, director of the Latin American Department of the Foreign Ministry.  

Schetinin also added that Russia is often accused of meddling in other countries' elections but in Venezuela's case, some countries have meddled indiscriminately.

He added that some countries put obstacles "among others to hinder the voting in their territories of Venezuelans who are abroad." 

"And even worse when a whole series of governments, including the one you are appointing (United States), a priori declared that they would not recognize the results," he said during a press conference, the Interfax news agency reported. 

"The elections have been held and their results have an irreversible character: two-thirds of the votes went to the current president of the country, Nicolás Maduro," he concluded. 

While Many countries in Latin America have recognized the Venezuelan elections and congratulated President Maduro, such as Cuba, Bolivia and El Salvador, right-wing governments in the region have dismissed the vote as "illegtimate" echoing statements by the U.S. and Canada and some Western countries who had dismissed the vote and teh results before the election had even taken place.

The so-called Lima Group plus Canada issued a statement Monday saying it did not recognize the legitimacy of Venezuela's presidential election. The statement said the countries would call their ambassadors back from Caracas for consultations and hold a meeting to coordinate a regional response to what they call "crisis" in Venezuela. They also said they would seek a new resolution on "the situation" in the South American country.

Such attempts of interference into Venezuela's internal affairs have repeatedly been rejected over the past few months by the government in Caracas as well as left-wing governments in the region.

The Lima Group includes Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Santa Lucia, Canada, Colombia, Honduras, Costa Rica and Guatemala.

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Diaz-Canel, Castro Congratulate Maduro and Offer Solidarity

The Cuban Government offers solidarity regarding any new challenges faced by Maduro's Government in the new six-year presidential term.

Cuban officials, late Sunday, congratulated Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on an overwhelming victory in the presidential election, in letters posted on Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza's Twitter page.

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El Salvador Congratulates Venezuelan People, Maduro

“The Bolivarian and Chavista community has demonstrated once again it's determination in defending the legacy of Chavez, who you represent worthily,” President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez said in a letter addressed to Maduro.

Diaz-Canel added that the Cuban Government will be supportive and offer solidarity regarding any new challenges faced by Maduro's Government in the new six-year presidential term.

Former President and Cuban Communist Party chief Raul Castro Ruz also congratulated Maduro on victory in the Venezuelan presidential elections.

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Miguel Diaz-Canel, Presidente de los Consejos de Estado y de Ministros de Cuba, felicita al Presidente @NicolasMaduro por su contundente victoria y expresa la solidaridad de la Revolución Cubana para los nuevos desafíos por venir.

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Raúl Castro Ruz, Primer Secretario del Comité Central del Partido Comunista de Cuba y líder histórico de la Revolución Cubana, felicita al Presidente @NicolasMaduro por su trascendente victoria electoral.

“With revolutionary pride, I send you, in the name of the Cuban Communist Party as well as my own, the warmest congratulations for your transcendental electoral victory,” Castro wrote to the Venezuelan president.

“The brave Venezuelan people have once again displayed loyalty and commitment to the Bolivarian and Chavista revolution.”

Diaz-Canel, who was recently installed as head of state for the Caribbean island, is the first leader of the island nation in a post-Castro era.

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Nicolas Maduro Wins Venezuelan Presidential Elections

President and candidate Nicolas Maduro won the Sunday elections.

Nicolas Maduro won the Venezuelan presidential elections Sunday, gaining a second presidential term for six years with more than 5.8 million votes, the National Electoral Council (CNE) announced Sunday night.

With 92.6 percent of the votes counted, Maduro had 5.8 million votes, while his closest rival, former governor Henri Falcón getting 1.8 million votes, said CNE President Tibisay Lucena who added that in total, 8.6 million Venezuelans voted, out of an electoral registry of 20.5 million people.

"We are the force of history turned into popular victory," Maduro told his supporters after the CNE announcement. "Thank you to facing so many aggressions and lies, thank you for overcoming it, and for making me president of Venezuela for the next term."

The president further thanked the Venezuelan people for their support and voting him into a second term with 68 percent of the vote. "The people in Venezuela has to be respected."

As results came out, Maduro supporters let off fireworks in poor Caracas neighborhoods and danced to Latin pop around the downtown Miraflores presidential palace. He took 5.8 million votes, versus 1.8 for his nearest rival Henri Falcon, the board said.

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