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Venezuelan President Declares "National Emergency" in Fight Against Corruption

As part of a continuing effort to end corruption in Venezuela, President Nicolás Maduro declared a "national emergency" to encourage all sectors and institutions in the country to join forces to stop the problem.

"I'm going to call a constitutional emergency in the fight against corruption, mafias, drug trafficking, contraband… And I'm going to ask for special powers to move toward reforming the laws and changing institutions to strike at the root of the problem," he said on Monday during events for International Youth Day.

President Maduro called on young people in Venezuela to join the fight against corruption, a behavior he said is a product of the ills of capitalism, and he called for anti-corruptions initiatives to take place hand-in-hand with the people.

"I want to request your active support. Girls and boys of the youth, we can carry out this struggle and be victorious if the youth, with your rebellious spirit, with your criticisms will accompany me… I ask for your support to be transformed into actions in the street," he said.

Maduro insisted that Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution and the people should continue to pursue the values of the Liberator, Simón Bolivar, and of the leader Hugo Chávez, which he called “the values of the future nation.”

He said these values "are the values of patriotism, of 21st-century independence, of honesty, of courage, of critical thought,” that will allow for the growth and development of a socialist nation.

YVKE Mundial/ Press – Venezuelan Embassy to the US/August 13, 2013

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