As ‘il­le­git­i­mate’ Maduro be­gins new term, more coun­tries back­ing away

Miami Herald - - FRONT PAGE - BY JIM WYSS AND FRANCO ORDOÑEZ [email protected]­ami­her­ for­[email protected]­

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.

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