* Inauguration of Nicolas Maduro’s second term used to cut many diplomatic ties
* World leaders brand Venezuelan leader a dictator and undermine his legitimacy
* United States urged government employees to back the president’s opponents
* EU condemned condemned him as ‘non-democratic’ and threatened sanctions
Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro was shunned by the world as leaders from across the globe threatened to impose sanctions and cut ties with the oil-rich country.
The Venezuelan leader celebrated the start to a second term as leader yesterday, but his world got smaller as countries seized upon the inauguration to cut back diplomatic ties, reject his legitimacy and label him a dictator.
The United States yesterday refused to recognise Maduro’s legitimacy as he started a controversial new term and urged rank-and-file government employees to empower the opposition.
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Isolation greets Maduro’s new term as Venezuela’s president — AP
Maduro takes presidential oath for second term in Venezuela — Miami Herald
Maduro starts new Venezuela term by accusing US of imperialist ‘world war’ — The Guardian
Nicolas Maduro shunned as he begins second term as Venezuelan president — The National
Venezuelan President Maduro Begins Second Term, As Millions Leave The Country — NPR
Canada’s ties to Venezuela hanging by a thread as clash escalates — CBC