Maduro’s newest foe: an in-home caregiver who fled Venezuela
Like many of the 7 million Venezuelans who’ve abandoned their homeland in recent years, when Dinorah Figuera left behind her family and medical career in 2018 she was forced to accept meals from charities and hop from one low-cost shared apartment to another when she arrived in Spain.
'Fat Leonard' may be Venezuela bargaining chip, experts say
A fugitive defense contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard” who claims to have incriminating sex photos of top U.S. Navy brass could become the latest bargaining chip in Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s efforts to win official recognition from the Biden administration.
Biden sidelines Venezuela's pro-democracy leader from summit
A little more than two years ago, Juan Guaidó was showered with bipartisan applause when President Donald Trump during his state of the union speech praised the Venezuelan opposition leader as a “very brave man” who carries on his shoulders the democratic hopes of an entire nation.
Possible Russia oil embargo drives US outreach to Venezuela
Senior U.S. officials secretly traveled to Venezuela over the weekend in a risky bid to unfreeze hostile relations with Vladimir Putin’s top ally in Latin America, a top oil exporter whose re-entry into U.S. energy markets could mitigate the fallout at the pump from a possible oil embargo on Russia.
This Week in South Florida: Carlos Vecchio
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – A game changer this week for Venezuelans in South Florida and across the county. Temporary protected status allows those who are eligible to live and work legally, without fear of deportation. This Week in South Florida host Michael Putney spoke about it last week with Carlos Vecchio, Ambassador to the United States for opposition leader Juan Guaido, widely recognized as Venezuela’s interim President. Their discussion can be seen at the top of this page.
Maduro consolidates power in Venezuela with control of National Assembly
BOGOTA, Colombia – Nicolas Maduro’s allies took over Venezuela’s National Assembly on Tuesday, as part of a consolidation of power that increases the vulnerability of his opponents. Diosdado Cabello, the vice president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, leads the ruling party bloc. Jose Gregorio Correa, an outgoing legislator, delivered a speech in the National Assembly chambers. There are 253 members — including 219 members of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela — who belong to a left-wing electoral alliance. (Content for Local 10 News)Luz Marina Guzman was among the dozens of people who Maduro mobilized to stand outside of the National Assembly to celebrate with flags and signs.
Venezuela’s opposition reports referendum participants doubled boycotted election
BOGOTA – Nicolas Maduro’s opposition reported 6.5 million Venezuelans around the world participated in a symbolic referendum to express their desire to oust Maduro and accept international aid. The referendum included the use of a mobile phone app and makeshift polling stations. It was a response to Venezuela’s recent National Assembly elections, which the opposition boycotted and had a reported turnout of more than 3.4 million voters. Guaido’s immunity as the leader of the National Assembly ends on Jan. 5. While Guaido has had the backing of the U.S., Maduro continues to have the support of China, Russia, Turkey, Iran and Cuba.
Venezuelans use app to help exiles, refugees express desire for new elections
BOGOTA – The political impasse in Venezuela now includes an effort to give the millions of refugees and exiles around the world a voice with a new app. Guaido’s new app includes a ballot asking Venezuelans if they want new presidential elections and if they support humanitarian aid and support from the international community. From exile, Leopoldo Lopez, Guaido’s mentor, talked to reporters in Bogota this week about the referendum. The app to participate in the referendum has been available since Monday and voting will close on Saturday. President Donald Trump’s administration is offering a $15 million reward for Maduro’s arrest on narcotrafficking charges.
Legislative election leaves Venezuela in political standoff
(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)CARACAS – President Nicolás Maduro has cemented formal control over all major institutions of power in Venezuela with authorities reporting Monday that his political alliance easily won a majority in congress. Yet he remains a pariah to much of the world following an election critics called deeply undemocratic. “The results of the election show a discouraged, tired people, the vast majority doing everything possible to survive,” Shifter said. The U.S., Panama, Canada and Germany have repeated their condemnation of the the election by Maduro's government following announcement of the results. "The international community now has to decide whether it wants to live with that or restore the democratic path for Venezuela.
Attempts to increase voter turnout in Venezuela’s midterm election come with threat, warning
BOGOTA, Col. – During a speech about Sunday’s midterm elections, Nicolas Maduro’s right-hand man, Diosdado Cabello, used the government’s monthly food handout as a threat. Cabello delivered his speech during a socialist party rally in an effort to raise voter turnout among Venezuelans who are already dealing with worsening scarcity during the coronavirus pandemic. Guaido’s supporters say their participation is a ploy to increase voter turnout and create the impression that candidates are not running unopposed and the election isn’t rigged. Although he was asking Mile to vote for him, he admitted the election wasn’t legitimate. “We must take our rights by force and not stand idly by.”Amid doubts of a free and fair election, experts predict Sunday’s voter turnout will be about 30%.
World leaders hope for fresh start after Biden win
Other leaders who supported Trump, including President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, congratulated Biden, indicating they rejected Trump’s claim the election wasn’t over. Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia told reporters he looked forward to a “great partnership” with Washington. Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan said he looked forward to working together to end illegal tax havens and on peacemaking in Afghanistan. Others expressed hope Biden will help to heal divisions in American society and global politics. Prime Minister Janez Jansa was the only leader who congratulated Trump even before all votes were counted and showed support after Biden’s win was announced.
Gold in London bank sparks battle between Venezuelan rivals
FILE - In this March 12, 2020 file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela. The political battle over control of Venezuela has turned to a $1 .8 billion stack of gold bars sitting in the Bank of England's vault in London, where a judge is expected to decide soon on who has the rightful claim to the bullion. Maduro says he needs the gold to help his cash-starved nation fight the coronavirus pandemic. But the central bank for the United Kingdom, whose government recognizes opposition leader Juan Guaido as his country's legitimate leader, has refused to hand it over to Maduro's socialist administration. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)
Venezuelan president says arrest of Juan Guaidó “will come”
Despite the order, migration officials let Guaidó enter when he arrived on a commercial flight at Venezuela’s main international airport. Maduro said that the day Venezuela’s justice system decides Guaidó should be imprisoned “for all the crimes he’s committed,” he will be jailed. “That day hasn’t come yet, but it will come,” the president said in response to a question from The Associated Press. The warning comes as Guaidó tries to revive momentum in Venezuela for his flagging opposition movement. The dollarization has helped fuel a limited revival of Venezuela’s economy in cities like the capital, while also highlighting disparities between those who do and do not have access to dollar bills.
US claims latest Venezuela sanctions put Maduro 'on notice'
(CNN) - As the Trump administration touted the latest action in its campaign targeting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, his government condemned the move as "economic terrorism against the Venezuelan people." The US and dozens of other countries have backed opposition leader Juan Guaido and have called on Maduro to leave power. The Maduro government denounced the executive order in a statement. The United Nations on Tuesday expressed concern about getting humanitarian aid to the people of Venezuela in the wake of the latest sanctions. While the new executive order does not include secondary sanctions, Lorber notes that the provision in the executive order for material support could expose foreign companies to sanctions.
Nationwide power blackout hits Venezuela
Copyright 2019 CNNA nationwide blackout hit Venezuela on Monday, leaving many without power. The blackout is the largest and most widespread to hit the country since March. According to NetBlocks, a nonprofit organization dedicated to tracking outages, 94 percent of Venezuela's telecommunications infrastructure was affected by the power outage. Blackouts have become a daily occurrence across Venezuela as the economic crisis has worsened, but one of this magnitude is rare. On his Twitter account, opposition leader Juan Guaido blamed the Venezuelan government for the blackout and for power rationing.
Guaido calls for supporters to turn out again for massive demonstrations against Maduro
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido was in Caracas Friday calling for his supporters to turn out, once again, for massive demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro. Aid that was meant to be delivered to Venezuela back in February, meanwhile, only recently started to be distributed, but as Local 10's Cody Weddle points out, most of it might have gone bad.
Guaido calls for supporters to turn out again for massive demonstrations against Maduro
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido was in Caracas Friday calling for his supporters to turn out, once again, for massive demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro. Aid that was meant to be... Copyright 2019 by WPLG Local10.com - All rights reserved.