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Venezuela’s President Accepts Resignation of Vice President

Venezuela’s President Accepts Resignation of Vice President

Nicolás Maduro Fast Facts: Venezuelan President Elected to the Venezuelan Presidency Today, Monday 10 January 2019

Nicolás Maduro is scheduled to become the new President of Venezuela on Monday, 10 January, 2019, at noon.

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has accepted the resignation of his vice president after a constitutional crisis that has plunged Venezuela deeper into political turmoil.

Vice-President Tareck El Aissami had told the opposition-controlled Senate he was resigning after he was accused of a breach of ethics rules. Opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who is fighting to declare himself acting president, said he accepted El Aissami’s resignation “as a symbol of the transition of power”.

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Maduro’s decision, announced at noon, means that the presidential election, which was postponed until last month, will be held on Monday.

“Today’s resignation of the vice president is not only an affirmation of the constitutional process of change and not only an affirmation that opposition has no other choice but to accept the new president,” Guaidó said, speaking with reporters in a video posted on Twitter. “Today’s rejection of El Aissami’s resignation is a challenge to the political establishment. Today we reject the political establishment’s attempts to obstruct and neutralize the new president. Today we reject the political establishment’s attempt to block Venezuelans’ access to the ballot box. Today, we reject the political establishment and their attempt to deny justice and the right to freely assemble,” added Guaidó.

A Venezuelan judge sentenced former bus magnate and opposition leader, Carlos Guiado, to 20 years in prison on charges of inciting violence, leading protests and carrying out a coup d’état

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