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Despite upheaval, Venezuela's Maduro touts an anniversary

World | 2019-05-20 22:51:18
Despite upheaval, Venezuela's Maduro touts an anniversary
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is celebrating the first anniversary of his disputed re-election amid a growing humanitarian crisis and political upheaval.

Maduro on Monday tweeted that the May 20, 2018, election, was a "victory" for Venezuelans, though the opposition and many countries have derided it as unfair.

The government staged a rally on the anniversary, and members of a loyalist assembly delivered speeches. The assembly rivals the opposition-controlled congress, headed by Juan Guaido, that says Maduro has steered Venezuela toward authoritarian rule and ruined the economy.

The United States has imposed sanctions on Venezuela in a bid to unseat Maduro, compounding the problems of the country's deteriorating oil industry. Maduro says Guaido is a pawn in a U.S. coup plot.

Associated Press
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