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Maduro takes office as first ‘Chavista’ president; in massive parade military swear allegiance

Saturday, April 20th 2013 - 08:19 UTC
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When the last tanks rumbled past and the massive civil-military parade with display of state of the art missile launchers had come to an end in early Friday night of Caracas, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro could sigh in relief because his last twenty four hours had been really hectic. Read full article


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  • Anglotino

    Ignoring the stage managed proof of how easy it is to “assassinate” someone, I'm do glad Maduro won.

    Capriles you really dodged a bullet.

    With a massively overvalued currency that is heading for another devaluation.
    With a widening budget deficit.
    With lower oil prices and stagnation oil production.
    With skyrocketing debt.

    Maduro's first job is to go home and shake the shit out of his little red piggy bank and hope a Bolívar falls out.

    Congratulations Capriles for LOSING.

    Apr 20th, 2013 - 09:39 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Tobers

    Sort of agree but 6 yrs of terminal decline will be alot harder to fix than if Capriles was president now.

    Apr 20th, 2013 - 12:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • manchesterlad

    After all this pomp & circumstance, what happens if Capriles is declared the winner after the re-count next week?

    Will he have a similar military parade? Will the same leaders from S.A., Iran, Russia & China show up?

    I know it won´t happen but it´s an interesting concept to consider!

    Apr 20th, 2013 - 12:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JamesS

    3rd photo reminds me of North Korea.

    Apr 20th, 2013 - 03:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    '“They could have shot me right here. Security has failed,” Maduro said after the man was taken away.'

    Maduro has much to learn about being a politician.

    He could have won much credit from the people if he had said
    “They could have shot you right here. You did a very dangerous thing”

    The man would have kissed his feet and Maduro would be well on the way to Chavistan Catholic sainthood, (especially if the water turned to wine on stage).

    BTW, surely Chavez is due for sainthood sometime soon. What's the delay?

    Apr 20th, 2013 - 03:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • cornishair

    What is it with “leftists” and military parades? BK can you answer this? (its all very Red Square)

    & for that matter Simon Bolivar was a conservative republican, who proclaimed himself a dictator, what on earth has this got to do with Chavezism?

    Apr 20th, 2013 - 03:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    The cost to insure Venezuela's debt skyrocketed since the “Bus” won:

    Doesn't sound good when they say it will be a difficult job to keep the people happy that voted for him:

    ”Further complicating matters, Maduro begins his presidency in a very difficult economic context. The economy is plagued by sluggish economic growth (0.9% in 2013 according to local consultancy Ecoanalitica), high inflation (25% year-over-year in March), dollar and goods scarcity, stagnant oil production, and fiscal accounts that are in disarray. In this context, Maduro will struggle to recover popularity.”

    Nice little shit storm Venezuela. But this is what they wanted. The other commie countries in latam must see the reality on the wall. The Castro boys must have tripled their orders on adult diapers Depends.

    Apr 20th, 2013 - 04:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brazilian

    Captain Poop, while Venezuela's economy might be going through troubles, the US and the EU aren't in a good situation either. How's all that high unemployment going?

    Apr 20th, 2013 - 04:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    @8 Brazilwax

    The US economy and housing market are recovering faster than predicted.

    But what does the US economy have to do with the article and Maduro's inauguration??

    Apr 20th, 2013 - 04:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brazilian

    9 - Transtempest - If you hadn't noticed, I am responing a comment that critisizes Venezuela's economy, which truly isn't in a good situation. Before the Brits and Yanks here rant off about other countries economies, they should look at their own, which are in a pretty bad situation, and this is along term trend. If the US saved up all it's GDP for an entire year, it still wouldn't be able to pay it's debt. That's the cost of endless imperialist wars. The US, if it ever recovers, will take a long loooong time to do so. You can thank the US governments for having dismantled the US industry since the 80s. Right now China is LOL!

    Apr 20th, 2013 - 04:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    China is a booming economy for those that read censured

    Apr 20th, 2013 - 06:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    @10 brazilnut

    China Lol?
    No, China has its own problems now that its export markets have contracted.
    They built whole cities for workers and a wealthy middle clas that never materialised. All on speculation, snd they lie totally empty, never been occupied.

    Sorry, this is an article about Venezuela, Maduro, and what problems Maduro will inherit - the economic policies and problems, as well as the ideological conflicts.

    Ridiculous to say that one mustn't criticise or comment on Venezuela without condemning other economies.

    BTW. You hardly seem to be a 'Brazilian'.

    - more likely a Venezuelan or an Argentinian like Stevie or Think.

    Apr 20th, 2013 - 09:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    I don't think you will get too many Brits coming on here bragging about how wonderful we are doing economically right now, we are well aware we have problems. But we know that not being in the eurozone gives us more cards to play with and will enable us to manipulate out currency for the better and hopefully get us out of this mess sooner.
    You are limited as a citizen. or subject in our case, to influence the bigger picture for the better, you just have to trust that you voted the right people in at the right time.
    Do the Venezuelans have the right leader at the right time? I would suggest catagorically no, I wouldn't trust him to run a doughnut stand.

    Apr 20th, 2013 - 10:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • screenname

    @13 Britworker:'I wouldn't trust him to run a doughnut stand'

    As long as he pays for what he eats, I think profits might be up on that doughnut stand.

    Apr 20th, 2013 - 11:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest


    stiff competition from “Max's Donuts”, though.


    Apr 20th, 2013 - 11:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • cornelius

    Brazilian you are an idiot your country's economy is next the idiot of your president (Ex terrorist) is beginning to intervene in the private sector of your economy that is how they start.

    Apr 21st, 2013 - 01:58 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CJvR


    Odd position for Capriles for sure. A patriot would certainly want the job to salvage what can be salvaged of the coming crash, but it is the political equivalent of throwing oneself at a live grenade...

    Apr 21st, 2013 - 01:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Chilean perspective

    There is a reason why the world has never seen a communist country reach developed country status. The corrupt model of expropiations, price and capital controls, judicial meddling, media persecution, and government control of production simply does not work. Who ever takes over after this inept gang of thieves faces a mountain of difficulties, I just hope they don't depose Maduro and install a hardliner, as a cuban style dictatorship is the worst case scenario.

    Apr 21st, 2013 - 09:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest


    What nationality do you think “Brazilian” is ??

    I would think he is anything but Brazilian.

    Apr 22nd, 2013 - 12:06 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie


    As yanqui posted:

    “Why is is so important to some of the dumber posters on this board to try to create “an other”
    Your opinion doesn't count since you don't live there, your not from there, you didn't grow up there blah blah blab
    It is childish and an embarrassing way to debate
    It proves nothing and is a waste of effort making the contributor look like an idiot”

    According to him you are being childish, embarrassing and you make yourself look like an idiot...

    I don't agree.


    Apr 22nd, 2013 - 12:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest


    Nice of you to think of me, Stevie.

    The way I read Yankeeboy's comments - he feels it is not valid to disqualify people from commenting for some pretext or other. I'm sure the La Campora 'Trolls' are frustrated that we 'others' still comment on Argentina, CFK, or Chavez, etc., even though we “do not live there”, or some such thing.
    I'm sure you would never stop UK, US, or FI posters from commenting, as you live in Denmark.
    Or is it Argentina? Maybe just during the elections????

    What is more interesting is the number of ardent Argentine Nationalists and fanatical CFK boosters who claim to live anywhere but SA.
    For example, BK from Scotland, Thinkedover from Dover, Sussie from Tempe Arizona, and you from Denmark. Such illustrious company!

    There are a number of reasons this might be - perhaps it is thought by said 'Trolls' that it gives the impression they hold an impartial, objective, non-partisan perspective on SA political affairs??
    Then too, as it is with 'sussie', he thinks it is impressive to have other Argentinians think he lives in the USA, desiring only the attention and the envy of those who can't emigrate to 'the good life'.

    Personally, I don't care whether 'Brazilian' is what his name implies. He is free to post like anyone else, but it is interesting the image he wants to have us believe.
    I don't believe he is really Brazilian, judging by his comments.
    I want to put his comments into perspective, as he come across more as an Argentinian, and one that has “drunk the Kool-Aid” of the CFK personality cult.

    I do know that “Pgerman” is really living in Vancouver, I see him almost every day, but he comes across much differently than you other Argentinians, supposedly 'living in exile'.

    Why is that, do you think?

    Apr 22nd, 2013 - 03:32 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    I don't really care either where you lot believe I come from. It really doesn't change anything.
    I do understand your need to discredit any South American that isn't from Argentina though.
    It's normal, because many South Americans showing their support for Argentina (a support that in many cases is against the policies of the developed nations more than an actual support to Argentinas), would not fit your generalised lies.

    We understand this, and we also take it into account when responding to your drivel about our origins and whereabouts.

    It's not a big deal really, but it seems it got yanquiboy upset...


    Apr 22nd, 2013 - 10:00 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest


    ”I do understand your need to discredit any South American that isn't from Argentina though.
    It's normal, because many South Americans showing their support for Argentina (a support that in many cases is against the policies of the developed nations more than an actual support to Argentinas), would not fit your generalised lies.“

    Quite a double standard you have, Stevie.

    Again and again, your comrades try to discredit or disqualify contributors by saying, ” you don't understand South America“ because we don't live there. Yet, here you are presenting yourselves as 'objective' posters from the USA, UK, or Europe, while at the same time claiming to be experts on South American affairs and culture, but many of your assertions are not backed up with any evidence, even when directly challenged.

    Meanwhile, Yankeeboy, Captain Poppy, Elaine, and others. report on events in Argentina and SA, backed up by links to multiple press articles and first-hand, current experiences of their travels and business dealings in LATAM.

    Their experiences are backed up by Argentinians, Uruguayans, and Brazilians who live there. As stated before, there are others like pgerman, living abroad, who agree with them, as well, in direct contrast to you.

    Your credibility as objective humanitarians and advocates for the poor, is further discredited by your indifference to the suffering of the poor, and your displays of racism and callousness towards the indigenous peoples of Argentina and other national and ethnic groups.
    Further, the typical evasiveness of you ”ex-patriot“ South Americans, and the obvious multiple personas under various names makes ”you lot“ look like a pack of liars.

    With the exceptions of Yaghan, Axel, and Sussie, you demonstrate that you are intelligent in many ways, but your arguments ARe weak.


    Could it be that much of what CFK and pals do is just plain indefensible?
    In that case, why are you supporting her?

    something in it for 'you lot', perhaps ?


    Apr 22nd, 2013 - 03:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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