Top Venezuela military brass vow to back Maduro amid unrest

  • Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro points to someone in the crowd as he sits inside the Supreme Court for an annual ceremony that marks the start of the judicial year in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. At right is Tibisay Lucena, president of the National Electoral Council. Venezuelans are heading into uncharted political waters after the young leader of a newly united opposition claimed Wednesday to hold the presidency and Maduro dug in for a fight with the Trump administration. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s top military brass pledged their unwavering support for embattled President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday, delivering vows of loyalty before rows of green-uniformed officers on state television.