Updated 6:15 pm CDT, Sunday, August 18, 2019 FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019 file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, right, speaks with Constitutional Assembly President Diosdado Cabello at the Supreme Court during an annual ceremony that marks the start of the judicial year in Caracas, Venezuela. The U.S. has opened up secret communications with Cabello as members of Maduro’s inner circle seek guarantees they won’t face retribution if they cede to growing demands to remove him, a senior administration official told The Associated Press on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. less FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019 file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, right, speaks with Constitutional Assembly President Diosdado Cabello at the Supreme Court during an annual ceremony that marks the ... more Photo: ARiana Cubillos, AP … [Read more...] about AP Exclusive: US talks secretly to Venezuela socialist boss
Joshua Goodman, Associated Press Updated 11:04 pm CST, Tuesday, February 12, 2019 In this Feb. 6, 2019 photo, a screen shows Diosdado Cabello, president of the ruling party-dominated constitutional assembly, during his weekly, live TV program coined: "Con el Mazo Dando," or “Hitting it With a Sledgehammer,” hosted inside an aviation academy in Maracay, Venezuela. For the past five years, Cabello, a 55-year-old retired army lieutenant with strong influence over the security forces, has crisscrossed the country with his TV program, pressing the flesh with socialist party stalwarts for whom he is their torchbearer, in many ways more than President Nicolas Maduro. less In this Feb. 6, 2019 photo, a screen shows Diosdado Cabello, president of the ruling party-dominated constitutional assembly, during his weekly, live TV program coined: "Con el Mazo Dando," or “Hitting it ... more Photo: Rodrigo Abd, … [Read more...] about Venezuela socialist party boss stirs up support on talk show
Socialist government agents reportedly assaulted and harassed three opposition Congressmen as they walked out the legislature in Venezuela on Tuesday, a day before a scheduled rally to end dictator Nicolás Maduro’s rule. According to NTN24, Congressmen José Guerra, Juan Matheus, and Sirit Eliezer were assaulted by government officials as they attempted to leave the legislature, having just approved the appointment of a Venezuelan representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), a body which continues to lobby for the removal of Maduro from power.Speaking after the attack, José Guerra accused Pedro Carvajalino, a senior member of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), of leading the attack. Members of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) eventually intervened and tried to protect the legislators. “Leaving the National Assembly with the deputies Juan Matheus and Eliezer Sirit, we were attacked by a gang of the PSUV led by … [Read more...] about Venezuela: Socialist Officials Assault Opposition Lawmakers Outside Legislature
Members of Venezuela’s National Bolivarian Intelligence Agency (Sebin), the nation’s secret police, arrested National Assembly President Juan Guaidó on Sunday on the way to a rally in Vargas state, which he represents in the legitimate legislator. The Sebin agents released him shortly after ambushing his vehicle on a major highway. Nicolás Maduro’s government has not provided an explanation for the arrest and high-ranking officials claimed to have no knowledge of the incident.The opposition-controlled National Assembly, which Maduro illegally disabled and replaced with an unconstitutional body called the “national constituents’ assembly” (ANC) in 2017, elected the 35-year-old Guaidó its president last week. Guaidó is a member of the opposition Popular Will party, which boasts membership in the Socialist International but rejects the legitimacy of Maduro’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). Members of the Venezuelan … [Read more...] about Venezuela: Socialists Claim Arrest of Legislature President a ‘Show’ Put on By Opposition
A Venezuelan Supreme Court Judge fled to the United States on Sunday to protest the continued rule of Nicolás Maduro’s regime, days before the socialist takes power for another six-year mandate. Christian Zerpa, a longtime ally of the socialist regime, said in an interview with Florida radio station EVTV that last year’s election “was not free and competitive,” despite having repeatedly ruled in favor of Maduro’s efforts to transform the country into a Cuba-style dictatorship.“I’ve decided to leave Venezuela to disavow the government of Nicolás Maduro,” Zerpa said. “I believe (Maduro) does not deserve a second chance because the election he supposedly won was not free and competitive.” “We are in the presence of an autocracy that has condemned to death anyone who opposes this particular vision of power,” he continued, adding that Maduro’s leadership “has only brought … [Read more...] about Venezuela: Socialist Supreme Court Judge Flees, Seeks Asylum in the U.S.