In Washington emphasize that held in Venezuela elections were neither fair nor free
The United States on Monday imposed sanctions against Venezuela in connection with the fraud in the election, which resulted in the reelection of President Nicolas Maduro in the sixth period.
President Donald trump has signed a decree prohibiting American companies to sign oil deal with Venezuela, which was once one of the leading oil-producing countries of the world.
Venezuela on Monday sharply criticized the decision on sanctions. Foreign Minister Jorge arreaza, speaking to reporters, called sanctions are absolutely illegal as well as “crazy” and “barbaric” act is “completely inconsistent with international law”.
A senior White house official told reporters: “Today’s corrupt decree closes the channel, which we watched. It deprives corrupt Venezuelan officials the possibility to inadequately assess and sell off state assets in exchange for kickbacks.”
U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo in his statement called the re-election of Maduro “attack on constitutional order and an affront to the democratic traditions of Venezuela”. “While the Maduro regime will not restore the path of democracy in Venezuela by holding a fair, free and transparent elections, the government will face isolation from the international community,” he said.
“The United States along with other democratic States supports the people of Venezuela and will take immediate economic and diplomatic measures to support the restoration of democracy in this country,” he added.
Maduro proudly called his reelection “historical record” after the authorities announced that he had secured 68 percent of the vote, far ahead of his nearest rival, former officer Henri Falcon, who voted for 21 percent of the voters. However, in the backdrop of the protracted economic crisis in Venezuela, causing shortages of food and medicine, as well as violent protests in the election was attended by a record 52 per cent of voters and the opposition party “Roundtable of democratic unity” boycotted the elections, calling them a “farce”.
More foreign States protest against the re-election of Maduro: Argentina, Brazil, and Canada recalled their ambassadors from Caracas.
A coalition of 14 States of the American continent, including Brazil, Colombia and Mexico, announced the intention to cut diplomatic cooperation with Caracas, and the Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy said that he will discuss with European colleagues the new measures in the hope “to ease the suffering of the Venezuelans”.
Meanwhile, El Salvador and Cuba have congratulated Maduro on his election victory.
Pompeo criticized the elections, saying they “orchestrated a regime that is too unpopular and too afraid of their own people to take a chance to hold free elections under conditions of open competition.”
Albright recalled that, as of last week, there were 338 more political prisoners “more than all the other countries of the hemisphere combined.”
Vice-President Mike Pence stated that the elections were “neither fair nor free”.
“The illegitimate result of fabricated process was another blow to the proud democratic tradition of Venezuela, said Monday the Pens. – America is against the dictatorship and supported the people of Venezuela. Mode Maduro needs to accept humanitarian aid and to let his people be heard.”