Delcy Rodriguez told the U.N. General Assembly on Friday that she came on "behalf of the only Venezuela," a reference to a rival delegation of diplomats that opposition leader Juan Guaido sent to the annual gathering of world leaders.
The National Assembly vote reaffirming Guaido's leadership came a day after four minority opposition parties announced that they are entering a new round of talks with Maduro's government. It was the first sign of cracks in the campaign to topple the socialist leader since Guaido took the lead.
After meeting with a group of exiled Venezuelan opposition leaders, Trump said she was ``inspired'' by their efforts to secure free elections in the South American country and moved by their stories of ``courage in the face of real brutality and atrocity.''
The opposition-run National Assembly appointed the 15-member Citgo board early this year after Guaido declared presidential powers, arguing that Maduro's re-election was illegitimate. Maduro maintains power with backing from the military and allies such as Cuba, Russia and China.
A total of 154 Republicans have voted against the measure, denying it the support of two-thirds of the chamber's 435 voting members, a benchmark required for legislation considered under a procedure used to quickly pass non-controversial bills and known as ``suspension of the rules.''
Faced with the uncertainty of when it might return, and whether it would be enough, families in Venezuela are conserving as much as water as they can take from rivers or buy at shops. They are bathing, washing clothes and dishes and cooking with just a few liters a day.