Venezuela President Maduro sworn in for second term


enezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was sworn in to a second term on Thursday in a ceremony shunned by most of the international community amid a devastating economic crisis.

A dozen Latin American governments and Canada in a coalition have rejected the legitimacy of Maduro’s next term, and Washington has sanctioned top officials in his government.

Paraguay’s president, Mario Abdo Benitez, said on Thursday that he was severing diplomatic relations with Venezuela and closing the country’s embassy.

But Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel, Bolivian President Evo Morales and President Anatoli Bibilov of a breakaway province of Georgia were among the foreign leaders who attended the ceremony at the country’s Supreme Court.

Maduro said 94 countries had sent representatives to the inauguration.