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Venezuelan Ruling Party Moves to Replace Rebellious Attorney General by Declaring Her “Mentally Ill”

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Jun 15, 2017, 11:06 am
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Representatives of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela — the country’s ruling party — went to the Supreme Court on June 13 to request that expert psychiatrists and psychologists examine Ortega and ultimately dismiss her. (Flickr)

Español Supporters of Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship have called for the creation of a medical board to psychologically examine the conduct of Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz, who recently came out against the president’s near-constant violation of the country’s constitution.

Representatives of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela — the country’s ruling party — went to the Supreme Court on June 13 to request that expert psychiatrists and psychologists examine Ortega and ultimately dismiss her.

“It’s evident that this lady is not in her right mind. It’s clear that the woman is not normal,” Congressman Pedro Carreño said. “I think she is trying to cover up serious crimes in the country.”

According to Carreño, she has lost “moral authority” and become a right-wing spokesperson “in the service of terrorism.”

Díaz has been distancing herself from the regime, having publicly denounced Maduro’s “rupture of the constitutional thread.”

Since then, Díaz said she and her family have fallen victim to threats. In a radio interview, she blamed Maduro’s adminsitration for any “damage” that her family has and could experience.

 

“I want to hold the authorities of the state of Venezuela responsible, especially the Executive, for what may happen to my family,” she said.

“This is an issue that they have to solve with me, not with my family,” she added.

In the last two months, the Attorney General has opposed the constitutional process promoted by Maduro and also given warning about the rupture of constitutional order following the Supreme Court’s takeover of of the National Assembly.

Source: El Nuevo Herald

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

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

Ahead of Trump’s Cuba Announcement, Officials Point to Booming US Tourism Industry

By: Karina Martín - Jun 15, 2017, 9:39 am
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EspañolTourists visiting Cuba from the United States has increased by over 145 percent since 2016, officials said. Cuban Ambassador to the United States José Ramón Cabañas said the total number of US visitors to Cuba was 284,565 people between January and May of 2017, which far surpasses the 285,000 from last year. Only five months into the year, and 16,455 Cuban residents from the US have traveled to the island, which is a 45-percent increase compared to last year's 114,391. This information was released by Cabañas alongside Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs Josefina Vidal in expectation of President Donald Trump's announcement about policy-changes to relations with Cuba, which have reportedly been under review. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   Sources close to the review have said Trump could reinstate many of the stricter policies of embargo-era Cuban relations that were removed by former President Barack Obama. However, no details about it have been officially announced. During the presidential campaign, Trump said on various occasions that he would reverse Obama's policies. Read More: Reporters in Venezuela’s Protests Face Brutal Repression from Dictatorship Read More: PC Campus Culture Run Amok: The World Needs More Bret Weinsteins "I am 1,000-percent sure that the president will fulfill his commitment," Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart said. "I have no doubt that we will soon see a different policy." Sources: Cubanet; Diario de Cuba.

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