US imposes sanctions on ‘dictator’ Maduro

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(AFP) The United States on Monday branded Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro a “dictator” threatening his country’s democracy and imposed sanctions targeting any assets he might hold on US territory.

President Maduro

“Yesterday’s illegitimate elections confirm that Maduro is a dictator who disregards the will of the Venezuelan people,” US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement announcing the action.

Sunday’s vote in Venezuela to elect a Constituent Assembly that would supersede the country’s opposition-controlled National Assembly has earned international scorn, with the US leading a group of nations refusing to recognize the election.

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