Buenos Aires, Jan 25: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that he would not leave his office until the end of his second presidential term in 2025.
“I will continue to run the country during all the years I have to rule, as the president of the republic until 2025, with the support of the civil society and the army,” Maduro said, addressing to the country’s Supreme Court. The president also announced a new anti-corruption reform in the country.
“I am asking for your support for conducting this reform on fight against corruption in order to determine new types of crimes and new types of punishments as well as to upgrade punishments for all [corruption] crimes,” Maduro said. He announced creation of the national central office on fight against corruption that will be responsible for both investigations into corruption crimes as well as punishments for them.
The remarks were made amid the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela. On Tuesday, the opposition-run Venezuelan National Assembly adopted a statement declaring President Maduro a usurper. On Wednesday, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself the country's interim president at a mass rally in the Venezuelan capital.
The United States, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile and Colombia, among others, have recognized Guaido as Venezuela's interim president, while other countries, including Russia and Mexico, expressed support for incumbent President Maduro. UNI