Maduro starts new Venezuela term by accusing US of imperialist ‘world war’

President Nicolás Maduro shrugged off a tempest of international condemnation to begin his second term in power

Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro has castigated the European Union and accused Washington of waging an imperialist “world war” against his crisis-stricken nation, as he shrugged off a tempest of international condemnation to begin his second term in power.

Maduro, who inherited Hugo Chávez’s Bolivarian revolution after his 2013 death, has overseen a calamitous decline in his country’s fortunes and was re-elected in disputed elections last May.

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