Nicolas Maduro

Maduro scraps UN visit over 'threats to his life'

Nicolas Maduro

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he had scrapped his plan to take part in the UN General Assembly in New York to "protect my life" after purported threats on it.

Thursday, 26 September, 2013, 10:44pm

Hitmen held over plot to kill Venezuelan president

Nicolas Maduro

Venezuela said it derailed a plot to kill President Nicolas Maduro, arresting two hitmen it said wanted to assassinate the leftist leader on orders from a Colombian right-wing former president.

28 Aug 2013 - 3:25am

Venezuela June inflation soars to 40pc

Critics say mismanagement by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has left the country in dire straits. Photo: AP

Venezuela’s June inflation slowed from the previous month to 4.7 per cent, the central bank said, but the annualised rate soared to 39.6 per cent following a currency devaluation and heavy state spending last year.

The annualised figure tops all the yearly inflation rates since 2008, when the central bank changed its inflation methodology and consumer prices rose 30.9 per cent.

10 Jul 2013 - 10:49am

Five Venezuelan officials charged over China fund embezzlement

Venezuela has arrested five officials and charged them with embezzling US$84 million from a China-financed development fund administered by state-run development bank Bandes.

10 Jul 2013 - 4:16am

S&P downgrades Venezuela’s sovereign credit rating to B

President Nicolas Maduro has little room to reverse the main planks of his predecessor Hugo Chavez’s self-styled socialist revolution. Photo: AP

Standard & Poor’s downgraded Venezuela’s sovereign foreign currency credit rating by one notch on Monday, citing political turmoil as an impediment to enacting meaningful reforms in order to stop a slide in economic activity.

18 Jun 2013 - 10:25am

Venezuela's Maduro attacks 'devil' Barack Obama

Nicolas Maduro

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has taken a swipe at Barack Obama, calling him the "grand chief of devils" after the US president declined to recognise his contested re-election.

6 May 2013 - 4:08am

Venezuela’s Maduro pledges continued alliance with Cuba

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro. Photo: Reuters

Cuba and Venezuela signed cooperation accords on Saturday for 51 projects as Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, on his first trip to the island since his election, pledged to maintain the close alliance forged by his late predecessor, Hugo Chavez.

28 Apr 2013 - 2:29pm

Venezuela faces political volatility as opposition rejects Maduro's win

Supporters of opposition leader Henrique Capriles face off against riot police in Caracas as they demonstrated for a recount of the votes in Sunday's election. Photo: Reuters

Venezuelans faced the prospect of extended political instability after Nicolas Maduro was proclaimed president-elect and opposition supporters started to march in the streets for a second day to demand a full recount of Sunday's election.

17 Apr 2013 - 3:33am

Deeply divided Venezuela goes to the polls to pick a new president

Members of a Venezuelan citizen militia in the capital Caracas commemorate the anniversary of a failed coup in 2002 against late president Hugo Chavez. Photo: AFP

A deeply divided Venezuela picked a new leader yesterday, with the rich calling for an end to the "Hugo Chavez nightmare" and the poor warning against the bourgeoisie returning to power.

Being poor is not a prerequisite for supporting the late Chavez's anointed heir, acting President Nicolas Maduro, and you do not have to be rich to support his rival, Henrique Capriles.

15 Apr 2013 - 9:16am

Venezuela polls open to decide Chavez successor

A woman walks past an electoral poster of Venezuela's Acting President and presidential candidate Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. Photo: Xinhua

One month after Chavez died, supporters of acting President Maduro played military-style bugles to wake up people before dawn and later voters stood in lines, from the capital’s hillside slums to its wealthier districts.

14 Apr 2013 - 7:07pm

Maduro vows to complete Chavez's Venezuelan revolution

Supporters hold up placards of Nicolas Maduro, the man they want to succeed Hugo Chavez, during his closing rally in Caracas.Photo: AP

Venezuela's acting president, Nicolas Maduro, tearfully vowed to complete Hugo Chavez's socialist revolution, while rival Henrique Capriles promised change at emotional rallies to wrap up their bitter campaign.

13 Apr 2013 - 4:13am

Venezuela opposition chief Capriles enters race to succeed Hugo Chavez

Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles. Photo: AP

Opposition leader Henrique Capriles on Sunday entered the race to succeed Hugo Chavez in the April 14 election, accusing the late Venezuelan leader’s chosen successor of using Chavez’s death for political ends.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Venezuela election to select Chavez successor set for mid-April

A man sells photos of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at the Simon Bolivar Square, in Caracas, Venezuela. Photo: Xinhua

Opinion polls have shown Nicolas Maduro as the likely winner, but Chavez’s opponents said they wanted a chance to end “Chavismo” at the voting booth.

10 Mar 2013 - 11:54am 1 comment

Chavez to be embalmed 'like Lenin' and laid in museum

Bereaved parents Elena and Hugo delos Reyes Chavez (centre) lead a mass of mourners. Photo: Reuters

Venezuelans flocked to see president Hugo Chavez lying in state, as his political heir revealed he would be embalmed "like Lenin" and displayed in the barracks where he plotted a failed coup.

9 Mar 2013 - 5:03am

Vice president Maduro delivers state-of-nation report in place of Chavez

Venezuela’s Vice President Nicolas Maduro delivers the state-of-nation address to the National Assembly in Caracas. Photo: Xinhua

Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro took the place of ailing President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday by delivering a short speech and turning in a state-of-nation report amid legal debate about his legitimacy.

16 Jan 2013 - 1:17pm