World leaders shun Venezuela as ‘dictator’ Maduro sworn in

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President Maduro was sworn in at the loyalist supreme court instead of at the opposition-led national assembly President Maduro was sworn in at the loyalist supreme court instead of at the opposition-led national assemblyCARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/REUTERS

Nicolás Maduro, viewed by most western nations as a dictator, has been sworn in for a second six-year term as president of Venezuela.

“I swear to construct socialism of the 21st century,” Mr Maduro said as he was inaugurated by the loyalist head of the Venezuelan supreme court. But even as he cemented his grip on power there were signs of dissent in his inner circle.

The Washington Post reported yesterday that, according to a US intelligence source, General Vladimir Padrino López had threatened to resign as defence minister if Mr Maduro did not resign. However, he is understood to have attended the inauguration.

Mr Maduro has overseen a recession that has led a tenth of the population to emigrate. A recent poll showed that…

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