As ‘illegitimate’ Maduro begins new term, more countries backing away
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro began a new six-year term Thursday more isolated than ever, with his enemies dubbing him Latin America’s latest “dictator” and once-reliable allies shunning him on the international stage.
Spurned by Venezuela’s of the United States, Colombia and Perú in condemning Maduro. It marked the first time Haiti had voted with Washington against Venezuela after years of trying to remain neutral and abstaining from previous resolutions.
“Historically, Haiti, like much of the Caribbean, has undermined U.S. efforts to defend Venezuela’s crumbling democracy,” said Benjamin Gedan, who served as National Security Council director for South Amer-
President Nicolas Maduro celebrated the start to a second term as Venezuela’s leader Thursday, but his world got smaller as countries seized upon the inauguration to cut back diplomatic ties, reject his legitimacy and label him a dictator.