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Medicines and nutritional supplements: U.S. to send humanitarian aid to Venezuela

John Bolton, the Assistant to the U.S. President for National Security Affairs explained this is due to the request of Interim President Juan Guaido
19:59, 2 February 2019

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The United States will provide humanitarian aid to Venezuela. This was stated by Assistant to the U.S. President for National Security Affairs John Bolton on Twitter.

"Pursuant to the request of Interim President Juan Guaido, and in consultation with his officials the US will mobilize and transport humanitarian aid—medicine, surgical supplies, and nutritional supplements for the people of Venezuela. It’s time for Maduro to get out of the way,” Bolton wrote.

We recall that last May, presidential elections were held in Venezuela. According to the Central Election Commission, 68% of voters voted for the current President Maduro. Three times less people voted for his closest rival, the leader of the Progressive Vanguard party.

The opposition stated that numerous violations were reported during the voting, but on January 10, Maduro took the oath of the president office. Most of the countries of the West and Latin America did not recognize elections. Later, the National Assembly of Venezuela recognized Nicolas Maduro as an usurper.

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At the same time, in addition to the political swings, there are plenty of other serious problems in Venezuela: in 2016, the country was covered by an energy crisis, in 2017 there was a default, in 2018 the inflation rate reached 82,76% on an annualized basis. Oil production has collapsed one and a half times, prices are growing at a frantic pace, and the national currency, the Bolivar continues to depreciate rapidly, there is a shortage of food. According to various estimates, 2-4 million people have already left Venezuela.

On January 23, opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself an interim president. He was supported by many countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom.

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