The Venezuelan opposition leaders have vowed to stay in the streets after President Nicolas Maduro announced that he was creating the “constituent assembly” which is empowered to rewrite the constitution. Hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets to protest what they say is a plummet into autocracy.
Venezuela’s socialist government on Monday claimed a popular mandate to dramatically recast the country’s political system even as condemnations of the process poured in from governments around the world and the opposition at home.
The United States added President Nicolas Maduro to a steadily growing list of high-ranking Venezuelan officials targeted by financial sanctions, escalating a tactic that has so far failed to alter the Venezuelan government’s behavior.
But today The US government has branded Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro “a dictator” and frozen any US assets, after he held a controversial poll to elect a constituent assembly.
Under the sanctions, US firms and individuals are banned from doing business with Mr Maduro.
As Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster stated on Monday, Maduro had to be punished for his “sham election.” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin added to the sentiment, suggesting the sanctions could be strengthened going forward. “No options are off the table,” he said.
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The election on Sunday was marred by violence, with widespread protests and at least 10 people killed.
President Maduro hailed the poll as a “vote for the revolution”.
Venezuela’s new constituent assembly will have the power to rewrite the constitution and disband the opposition-controlled National Assembly.
The opposition coalition, which boycotted the election, said 88% of voters had abstained. It has refused to recognise the election. Electoral officials said the turnout was 41.5%.
Protesters have blocked a number of roads in the capital, Caracas, and will hold a march later on Monday to honour those killed on polling day.
Venezuela’s attorney general, Luisa Ortega, a vocal critic of the Maduro government, called the vote an expression of “dictatorial ambition”.
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