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‘Venezuela will be respected’: Maduro defends rule as legitimate | Venezuela News

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has defended his government’s legitimacy amid growing opposition and international condemnation of his bid for a second six-year term.

In a Tweet on Sunday, Maduro, who is to be sworn in on Thursday, said the Venezuelan people had given “legitimacy” to his administration “with their vote”.

“To those who hope to break our will, make no mistake. Venezuela will be respected!” he said.

His comments came after the opposition-controlled National Assembly declared Maduro’s presidency illegitimate and called on the military to support efforts to “restore democracy” in the South American country.

Speaking at the start of a new legislative session on Saturday, Juan Guaido, the assembly’s new president, said legislators reaffirmed “the illegitimacy of Nicolas Maduro”. 

“As of January 10, he will be usurping the presidency and consequently this National Assembly is the only legitimate representative of the people,” he said. 

The assembly was rendered powerless by Venezuela’s Supreme Court after the opposition gained a majority there in 2016. 






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Maduro, who has presided over a virtual collapse of the economy in the oil rich state, won an election last May widely condemned by the international community.

The ballot was called by the administration-backed Constituent Assembly and boycotted by the opposition, many of whose best-known leaders were under house arrest or barred from running.

Turnout for the single-round vote was about 46 percent, according to Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE), significantly lower than the 80 percent recorded during the country’s last presidential election in 2013.

The United States, the European Union and a bloc of countries from the Americas called the Lima Group have refused to recognise the poll result. 

On Friday, the 14-member Lima Group – which consists of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Saint Lucia – issued a joint statement calling on Maduro to cede power and open the way for a transitional government formed by leaders of the National Assembly.

The US State Department, meanwhile, issued a statement on Saturday saying the United States stands with the National Assembly as “the only legitimate and last remaining democratically elected institution that truly represents the will of the Venezuelan people”.

The US has imposed sweeping sanctions on Venezuela in response to Maduro’s alleged erosion of the country’s democracy.

Reacting to the State Department’s comments, the Venezuelan foreign ministry accused Washington of attempting “to consummate a coup d’etat … in promoting the repudiation of legitimate and democratic institutions” in a statement issued on Sunday.


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Bride calls off wedding after discovering fiancé made ‘sexist’ demand to her dad

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A bride made the devastating decision to cancel her wedding to her partner of seven years after her dad revealed the ‘sexist’ demand his family had made behind her back.

The dad says his daughter got engaged recently and he had always been fond of her fiancé, who he thought of as “kind, humble and always respectful to our family”.

However, he says when he has met the man’s family for dinner on a couple of occasions, they made remarks towards his daughter which made him feel uncomfortable, including: ‘I don’t know why you’re working, isn’t that the husband’s job? It’s the mother’s job to be taking care of the children’.

As his daughter pair pressed ahead with their plans for the ceremony, the dad says her fiancé arranged a meeting with them both and his parents, adding that his daughter couldn’t be involved.

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Gordon Ramsay’s £20 ‘preselected’ cheese board labelled ‘insulting’ by furious customer

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Gordon Ramsay has sparked outrage once again as a customer complained that a cheese board he received at one of the celebrity chef’s restaurants was “insulting” and “preselected”.

Previously, Gordon was slammed for the size of his steak and chips, was told to “get a grip” for the price of his fry-up and criticised for the roast which was compared to a ‘child’s portion’.

But the latest customer to be disappointed by the TV chef’s food was Simon, who visited the three Michelin star restaurant with friends, Daily Star reports.

Simon was ‘insulted’ after receiving a “preselected” cheese board, and took to TripAdvisor to leave a two-star review.

Their review said: “I visited GR hospital road on a Friday night with friends for a special treat.

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Mum shares tip to fit three pizzas on one oven shelf to make family cooking easy

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Cooking pizzas for the whole family should be quick and easy dinner option – but it usually also throws up a headache.

With only one small oven to get the job done, we have to decide between either cooking one at a time and eating separately, or attempting to rotate them every few minutes to cook them evenly.

But one mum has revealed a painfully easy solution to get three frozen pizzas on one shelf, giving her room to put chips on a tray below – and you’ll wonder why your brain has never come up with the solution itself.

Posting on the Family Lockdown Tips & Ideas Facebook group, the mum demonstrated how she cuts the frozen pizzas in half before arranging them all on a single oven rack, making use of all available space.

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