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    Supporters of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro gather around Supreme Court during his swearing-in ceremony, in Caracas, Venezuela Jan. 10, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Published 10 January 2019

On May 20 last year, Nicolas Maduro was re-elected President of Venezuela with 67.7 percent of the vote

This Thursday the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, will be sworn in before the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) for a second six-year term.

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Maduro will assume a new term for which he has committed to "promote the changes that are needed in Venezuela, to defend the right to peace and respect for the Constitution."

On May 20 last year, Nicolás Maduro was re-elected president of Venezuela with 67.7 percent of the vote

The inauguration comes amid threats of military interventions and coups against the progressive government by the United States and its allies in Latin America. Maduro's new mandate also comes despite the economic war that has been unleashed against the Maduro government by the United States and its European allies using economic sanctions.

A day earlier, Maduro warned that his country was facing a coup attempt ordered by the Donald Trump administration and the so-called Lima Group, the anti-Venezuelan organization founded in 2016 and includes 14 American states who are led by right-wing governments.

All updates are in local Venezuelan time

Update 12:01 a.m.

Maduro has been sworn in for a second term

Update 11:41 a.m.

Update 11:07 a.m.

Update 9:00 a.m.

Leaders of several countries of the world have already arrived to accompany the Head of State, including his counterparts in Cuba, Miguel Díaz Canel; of Bolivia, Evo Morales, and of El Salvador, Salvador Sánchez Cerén.

High-profile delegations from Palestine, China, Turkey, and many Caribbean countries were arriving into the Supreme Court for the swearing-in event.

Update: 845 a.m.

Update 7:30 a.m.

"I thank my brothers @sanchezceren, @evoespueblo, and @DiazCanelB, for their visit and for their support on behalf of the ALBA countries to the people of Venezuela. We reaffirm our urgent commitment to make the dream of unity of the Great Homeland a reality."

Update 7:00 a.m.

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