Tag: Nicolas Maduro

Nicolas Maduro
Tuesday, June 30th 2015 - 05:42 UTC

Commonwealth's 53-member states support Guyana's sovereignty and territorial integrity

“Commonwealth stands as one and speaks with one voice in our commitment to Guyana’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” said Kamalesh Sharma

The 53 member states of the Commonwealth have pledged to support Guyana in the ongoing maritime border dispute with Venezuela. Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma, sought to assure the government of the groupings commitment on his arrival to Jamaica.

Thursday, June 25th 2015 - 07:22 UTC

Guyana gives assurances to Exxon to keep exploring for oil, despite Venezuela's threats

Granger said Exxon has nothing to fear since it is operating in Guyana’s exclusive economic zone and it has the weight of international law behind it

Venezuela’s recent claim on Guyana’s maritime territory is a “legal absurdity” and US oil firm ExxonMobil will continue to work as scheduled, President David Granger has said. Labeling Caracas’ claim as the worst intrusion the country has ever had on its sovereignty, the President said his government has made its position on the claim by Venezuela clear to the oil company.

Tuesday, June 23rd 2015 - 05:44 UTC

Venezuela's legislative election announced for 6 December, a Chavista remembrance date

“The National Electoral Council does not act under pressure” said Tibisay Lucena during a televised speech, chiding hard-line opposition critics

Venezuela's parliamentary election will be held on December 6, authorities announced on Monday, ending lengthy speculation over the date for a vote that surveys showed was likely to punish the ruling socialists.

Monday, June 15th 2015 - 04:53 UTC

UK High Commissioner dismisses Venezuela's (oily) claim on Guyana's maritime front

 “UK is clear that the Venezuela-Guyana land border is, and should be, as agreed under the 1899 Arbitration Agreement”, said Commissioner Quinn

British High Commissioner to Guyana, James Gregory Quinn has dismissed Venezuela’s most recent claim on Guyana’s oil rich Essequibo Coast, stating that it lacks solid grounds. Venezuela’s President Nicholas Maduro on May 27 signed a decree that now claims an entire portion of Guyana’s territory into the Atlantic Ocean and includes the Stabroek Block where a significant portion of oil was recently discovered by US oil giant, ExxonMobil.

Monday, June 8th 2015 - 08:05 UTC

Maduro cancels trip to Rome and meeting with the Pope because of a 'flu spell'

“Due to being hit by flu and otitis, doctors have forbidden me to get on a plane and make the journey,” Maduro said in a broadcast on state television

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced he had canceled a planned trip to Rome and Vatican during which he was due to meet Pope Francis, because he is sick with flu. Analysts believe the 'diplomatic' flu spell could be linked to protests in Rome and the Vatican bringing up the issue of political prisoners, following on several letters sent to the Holy See.

Monday, June 8th 2015 - 08:00 UTC

Felipe Gonzalez in Venezuela to help lawyers defending political prisoners

Felipe Gonzalez flew from Colombia to Venezuela on Sunday and was greeted by members of the two men's families.

Former Spanish prime minister Felipe González has arrived in Venezuela, where he intends to help lawyers defending imprisoned opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez and Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma, who is under house arrest.

Monday, May 25th 2015 - 07:25 UTC

Jailed Venezuelan opposition leaders declare themselves on hunger strike

In a video from the prison Lopez said he and former mayor Daniel Ceballos,  were going on hunger strike “with one concrete petition: freedom of political prisoners”.

Jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has declared himself on hunger strike and called for a protest march next weekend against Venezuela's populist government. Lopez, the best-known opposition activist in custody, was jailed more than a year ago for his role in instigating street protests against President Nicolas Maduro that led to violence killing 43 people and injuring hundreds more.

Wednesday, May 20th 2015 - 04:42 UTC

US targets Venezuela's second strongest man for alleged cocaine trafficking

“They accused me of being a drug-trafficker without any proof,” complained Diosdado Cabello, president of the National Assembly on state TV last week

Despite persistent denials of any wrongdoing from Caracas, US authorities are currently investigating Venezuela’s powerful parliamentary chief, Diosdado Cabello, and other senior officials over alleged cocaine-trafficking and money-laundering, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Monday, May 11th 2015 - 09:05 UTC

Under pressure from Brazil, Venezuela announces legislative elections for end of the year

“Where are they getting this idea that we won't have elections?” CNE president Tibisay Lucena said in an interview with an official television channel.

Venezuela will hold parliamentary elections in the last quarter of this year and the exact date will be announced soon, the head of the National Electoral Council (CNE) said on Sunday. The elected lawmakers will be inaugurated for five years on 2016.

Wednesday, April 29th 2015 - 09:14 UTC

Oil rich but power short Venezuela cuts working day to save electricity

Vice-President Arreaza said very hot weather caused a surge in energy demand. State employees would now work from 07:30-13:00 to save on air conditioning.

Venezuela says it will cut the working day for public sector workers to five-and-a-half hours to conserve energy, down from eight to nine hours. The initiative is part of a nationwide electricity rationing plan.

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