[News] Armed Forces of Venezuela Reaffirm Support for President Maduro
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Mon Jan 28 12:17:50 EST 2019
Armed Forces of Venezuela Reaffirm Support for President Maduro
January 28, 2019
Defense Minister of Venezuela Vladimir Padrino López, reiterated his
support for democracy and for the government of Nicolas Maduro, saying
that the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) has only one president,
the one elected by a majority vote in the elections of May 2018.
"We do not have three options, nor do we have three presidents or two
presidents — we have only one president. He is the constitutional
president elected by the vast majority of Venezuelans in direct,
democratic and secret ballots
just as our constitution and laws mandate, "he said in reference to
Padrino Lopez led military exercises with different brigades from
Caracas Sunday morning that had been led by President Maduro during the
The minister, a recognized military officer of with the rank of Chief
General, also denounced the strategy the right-wing opposition uses to
divide the FANB as "childish politics" and affirmed that they will be
"The erratic policy of the ultra-right opposition has done a lot of
damage and has offended the military family. Now they try to deceive us
with fallacious attempts that do not make any sense," the minister said,
noting that the military is "very aware" and that "every attempt to
intimidate and divide the Armed Forces brings us closer together, unites
us more. "
Opponents "have sought a refuge in the Armed Forces that they will not
get, the party of the Armed Forces is the party of the Homeland," which
they claimed will defend all aggression with their weapons, their
conviction and with republican principles.
"We are waiting for those violent actors, the mercenaries, and
whomsoever wants or intends to interfere with the Bolivarian Republic of
Venezuela," he said.
This weekend’s military trials
with different divisions and brigades of the FANB, are leading to larger
scale military exercises to be held in the South American country from
Feb. 10 to Feb. 15 and will be, according to the government, the largest
in Venezuela's history.
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