Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro will take office today for a new six-year presidential term (2019-2025).
The president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, of Cuba, Miguel Díaz Canel, of El Salvador, Salvador Sánchez Cerén, and South Ossetia, Anatoli Bibílov, arrived to Caracas on Wednesday to attend Nicolás Maduro's taking office.
In Caracas are also Turkey's Vice President Fuat Otkay, the Vice-President of Suriname, Michael Ashwin Adhin, and the Defense Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Amir Hatami. They too will attend Maduro's inauguration.
The ceremony will also count with the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Luso-descendant Ralph Gonsalves, Grenada Senate President Chester Humphrey, Dominica Deputy Prime Minister Reginald Austrie and Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Timothy Harris.
Also in Venezuela are the Foreign Minister of Antígua and Barbuda, Everly Paul Chet Greene, the Vice-President of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of Russia, Ilyas Umakhanov, and the Minister of Economy, Development, Oil, Trade and Investment of Belize, Erwin Contretas.
Official sources also note the presence of delegations from South Africa, Algeria, Belarus, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ireland, Lebanon and Russia, as well as the ambassador of the Permanent Mission of the League of the Arab States to Brazil, Qais Shqair, and the Mozambican ambassador to Cuba, Eliseu Joaquim Machava, who leads the Mozambican delegation.
Representing the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is its Secretary-General, Mohammed Barkindo.
Portugal, according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, will not be represented politically.
The Lima Group, composed of 13 Latin American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Guyana and Santa Lucia) and Canada, does not recognize the new six-year term that Nicolás Maduro will start today, a position that only Mexico has not subscribed to.
The US question the legitimacy of the process and the European Union calls for new presidential elections in the country.
In recent days, dozens of movements, friendship and solidarity groups from various continents, including some countries that do not recognize the new mandate of Nicolás Maduro, expressed their support for the first Venezuelan representative.
The inauguration act will be broadcasted live on Venezuelan television stations and, as has happened with the last press conferences of Nicolás Maduro, will be accompanied at a distance from Venezuelan embassies and consulates.
The President of Venezuela will take the oath before the Supreme Court of Justice, instead of the National Assembly (the parliament, where the opposition holds the majority), since he does not recognize the legitimacy of this body, which he accuses of confronting the decisions of that court.
According to the National Electoral Council of Venezuela, Maduro was re-elected to a new presidential term in the anticipated elections on May 20, 2018, with 6.248.864 votes (67.84%).
A day after the election, the Venezuelan opposition questioned the results, alleging irregularities and a lack of respect for human rights treaties and the country's constitution.