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Maduro asks Venezuelan government to resign — vice president

March 18, 3:35 UTC+3 CARACAS

The reorganization would be aimed at "protecting the homeland of Bolivar and Chaves from any threat", Executive Vice President Delcy Rodriguez added

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

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CARACAS, March 18. /TASS/. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has asked the country’s cabinet members to resign so that the government can be reorganized, Executive Vice President Delcy Rodriguez wrote on Twitter.

"President Nicolas Maduro has asked the cabinet to resign to carry out a deep reorganization of the Bolivarian government," the tweet reads.

Rodriguez added that the reorganization would be aimed at "protecting the homeland of Bolivar and Chaves from any threat."

Crisis in Venezuela

On January 23, Juan Guaido, Venezuelan opposition leader and parliament speaker, whose appointment to that position had been cancelled by the country’s Supreme Court, declared himself interim president at a rally in the country’s capital of Caracas

Several countries, including the United States, Lima Group members (excluding Mexico), Australia, Albania, Georgia and Israel, as well as the Organization of American States, recognized him. Maduro, in turn, blasted the move as a coup staged by Washington and said he was severing diplomatic ties with the US. On February 4, most of the European Union member states recognized Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president

In contrast, Russia, Belarus, Bolivia, Iran, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Syria and Turkey voiced support for Maduro, while China called for resolving all differences peacefully and warned against foreign interference. The United Nations secretary general, in turn, called for dialogue to resolve the crisis.

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