Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is sworn in on Thursday for a second term at the head of a diplomatically isolated country and the failing economy.
The conditions for his reelection in May, after a vote boycotted by the major opposition parties, led almost all 14 countries in the Lima Regional Group to ask Maduro to give up his load. Only Mexico has disassociated itself from this call.
The new president of the Venezuelan Parliament, where the opposition is the majority, said for the weekend that Nicolas Maduro was a “usurper”.
The Washington Post, citing an anonymous source in the US intelligence service, reports that Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez has asked Maduro to resign, threatening to leave the government if the president did not obey.
“They tried to make the inauguration ceremony a world war, but it’s raining, there will be lightning or lightning, we will triumph,” Nicolas Maduro told them during a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
The successor of Hugo Chavez, who came to power after the death of the latter in 2013, is to take an oath on Thursday at 10:00 am local time (14:00 GMT).
But if he won the presidential election last year, it is primarily because of the boycott of the main opposition parties. Because the economic situation of the oil-producing country is alarming with inflation approaching two million percent.
Since 2015, according to the United Nations, some three million people have emigrated to flee their living conditions.
While few countries plan to close their embassy in Caracas or break with the Maduro government, diplomatic sources note that the vast majority of them will not be represented at the investiture of the Venezuelan president.
Some foreign dignitaries, however, made the trip, including the president of South Ossetia, a disputed entity of the Caucasus who seceded from Georgia.
The opposition has called for protests this Thursday.
The authorities responded in deployment with an important safety device.
“They are trying to scare us so we do not show up,” said Henry Ramirez, a 39-year-old computer engineer who lives in San Cristobal, in the west of the country. “Tomorrow, the dictatorship continues,” he continues.
The major political protests of 2017 have faded away, giving way to near-daily protests against expensive living, shortages of food and medicine or poor water quality.