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Report: Venezuela’s defense minister asked Maduro to resign

Maduro dice que su nuevo mandato sí tendrá legitimidad constitucional

El gobernante venezolano, Nicolás Maduro, reiteró que su nuevo mandato, previsto para iniciar este 10 de enero, sí tendrá legitimidad constitucional, pese a que opositores y parte de la comunidad internacional no reconocen los resultados electorales.
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El gobernante venezolano, Nicolás Maduro, reiteró que su nuevo mandato, previsto para iniciar este 10 de enero, sí tendrá legitimidad constitucional, pese a que opositores y parte de la comunidad internacional no reconocen los resultados electorales.

Venezuela’s defense minister, Vladimir Padrino López, asked Nicolás Maduro to step down, warning him that if he did not, it would be the general who would leave office, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday quoting a US intelligence source.



During the last few years, Padrino López has played a fundamental role in maintaining loyalty to the regime inside the barracks, even though the discontent within the Armed Forces has increased as the Venezuelan crisis deepens.

“According to a US intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity to freely discuss sensitive issues, Maduro’s defense minister, Vladimir Padrino López, told the president last month to resign or accept his resignation, threat that has not yet executed, “the newspaper reported in an article where it indicates that the Venezuelan crisis is sharpened from one day to another.

The newspaper also noted that the regime has been registering high-level desertions, including recently that of Chavista magistrate Christian Zerpa, who told a press conference upon arriving in Florida that Maduro frequently receives his orders from Cuban officials.

The Washington Post article contrasts, however, with the latest pronouncements made publicly by Padrino López.

In a statement read Tuesday before the state television cameras, the general guaranteed the absolute loyalty of the military to Maduro, who is scheduled to be sworn in to a new six-year term on Thursday, despite the massive rejection of the international community.

The military leadership expresses “its unrestricted support and absolute loyalty to (...) our commander-in-chief, for the period 2019 - 2025,” said Padrino.

El ministro de la Defensa de Venezuela, General Vladimir Padrino López, se contradijo este martes. Tras señalar que el artículo 328 de la Constitución establece que "la institución es esencialmente profesional y sin militancia política", termina e



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