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Maduro Creates “Anti-Coup Committee” in Venezuela amid Impeachment Efforts

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Jan 9, 2017, 9:11 am
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Executive Vice President Tareck El Aissami with President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro (Tareck Psuv)

EspañolVenezuela President Nicolás Maduro continues to seek out alleged coups against his administration, having just announced the creation of a new anti-treason committee.

Maduro appointed Executive Vice President Tareck El Aissami as the new head of the “National Anti-coup Command” on Sunday, January 8, with other members of the group set to be sworn in on Tuesday, January 10.

Maduro again threatened the opposition, especially new President of the National Assembly Julio Borges.

Borges said he will defeat Maduro in a way that Henry Ramos Allup, the previous President of the National Assembly, did.

“I am going to delegate the battle against coup d’état to a special anti-coup command for peace and sovereignty,” Maduro said. “(They will) devote 24 hours a day to taking preventive, legal and corrective measures against all internal coup and terrorist sectors.”

He explained that the command will attend to alleged coup plans that are political, economic and at all levels of governance.

Subcommands will reportedly be created in all the states of Venezuela with the participation of the Armed Forces, the police forces and the central government.

 

The Anti-coup Command will be composed of Minister of the Office of the President El Aissami, Defense Minister Carmen Meléndez, Deputy to the National Assembly Vladimir Padrino Lopez and Minister of People’s Power for Interior Relations Diosdado Cabello. Director of the Political Police Sebin Gustavo González, General Commander of the Bolivarian Militia César Vega and General Director of the Bolivarian National Police Franklin García Duque are also involved.

Source: El Estímulo; Sumarium

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

GM Responds to Trump’s Tariff Threat: We Have No Plans to Pull Mexico Operations

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Jan 9, 2017, 8:10 am
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EspañolWhile Carrier and Ford have both recently backed out on plans to move operations to Mexico as a result of what some have called pressure from President-elect Donald Trump, one company isn't shying away from its commitment to working intentionally. General Manager of General Motors Mary Barra said she does not plan to move her production of small vehicles from Mexico. Decisions involving capital within the automotive industry are made two to four years in advance, she said in response to threats made by US President-elect Donald Trump. Read More: Gas Protests in Mexico Continue Amid Price Spikes Read More: Cuba Opposition Leader Argues Trump is Good News for Cuba He recently said that if General Motors wants to import vehicles from Mexico, it will have to pay "a large border tax." Currently, General Motors imports a small number of Cruze Hatchbacks from Mexico to the United States. Barra said it was too early to comment on a tax that the President-elect might impose, and that General Motors' strategy and Trump's goals have much in common with trade and employment. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); "I am very anxious to be part of a solution that will allow the country to grow stronger in the hands of businesses, along with our manufacturing capacity," Barra said at an event where General Motors presented its new GMC Terrain truck. The manufacture of such a model will be moved from Canada to Mexico; however the details of the change of location are not known. Barra will play a major role in the new US administration as a member of a group of CEOs from various companies advising Donald Trump on economic issues. Source: Milenio

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