Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as Venezuela’s president on Thursday, for the second term from 2019 to 2025.
Under the Article 231 of the Venezuelan constitution, the swearing-in ceremony took place inside the country’s Supreme Court, as the parliament of the national assembly, controlled by the opposition, has not been invited in the country’s politics.
Last year, many of the country’s state has called the Venezuelan presidential election, which was held in May, as “illegitimate”.
According to NPR news reports, the spokesperson for European Union (EU) foreign policy Federica Mogherini, earlier in the day, asserted the EU and its member of the state would not allow sending their representatives to the ceremony of the Venezuelan president.
In a press statement released on Thursday, by the US state department, it criticized illegitimate usurpation of the power of Maduro, following alleged unfair and unfree election he imposed over the Venezuelan people in May 2018.
The statement stated: “The United State remains steadfast in its support of the Venezuelan people and will continue to use the full weight of the US economic and diplomatic power to press for the restoration of Venezuelan democracy.”
The statement further added: “Today, we reiterate our support for Venezuelan’s National Assembly, the only legitimate branch of government duly elected by the Venezuelan people. It is time for Venezuela to begin a transitional process that can restore the constitutional, democratic order by holding free and fair elections that respect the will of the Venezuelan people.”
Also, the US took aggressive action against the Maduro regime. On January 8, the US imposed sanctions on 23 entities and seven individuals involved in a corruption scheme to exploit currency exchange practices of Venezuela.
The statement said: “We applaud the initiative by the new national assembly leadership to work with the international community to recover these and other stolen funds and to use them to relieve the suffering of Venezuela’s people. The US will continue to plan an active role towards this end.”
It added: “We also have implemented and will continue to impose visa revocations and other restrictions for current and former Venezuelan government officials and their family members believed to be responsible for or complicit in human rights abuses, acts of public corruption, and the undermining of democratic governance. We will not allow them to act without consequences or enjoy their ill-gotten gains in the US – and urge other countries to act likewise.”