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Maduro highlights military loyalty and declares capacity augmentation in 2016

Maduro highlights military loyalty and declares capacity augmentation in 2016

(On-Site Sound: Military Music Performed, 3 Seconds)

Nicholas Maduro stressed the importance and loyalty that the country’s armed forces have exhibited since he became Venezuelan President two years ago to promote his populism strategy, while addressing officers and soldiers at the Military Academy in Caracas on December 12.

(Soundbite) Nicolas Maduro, Venezuelan President
“Do you know why they could not (topple us)? Because we had a central column that guaranteed the stability of the country. The column is called the Bolivarian National Armed Forces. In all the corners of the republic, they are holding their moral force for peace.”

Maduro made a special recognition of Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López for his work to ensure peace and stability against external sabotage plans, and ordered him to deepen military presence over the so-called “siege” against the government.

(On-Site Sound: Military Music Performed, 3 Seconds)

The president also declared 2016 as the year of expansion of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces with increased operating capacity to fight drug trafficking and smuggling on the border with Colombia.

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