U.S. Sanctions Four More Venezuela Officials

The U.S. government imposed sanctions on four Venezuelan officials for having engaged in political repression.

(The New York Times) - The U.S. government imposed sanctions Friday on four Venezuelan officials, accusing them of engaging in political repression and public corruption as part of President Nicolás Maduro’s government.

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In announcing the sanctions, the Treasury Department criticized Venezuela’s all-powerful National Constituent Assembly — which the United States considers “illegitimate” — for effectively stripping the three biggest opposition parties of their ability to participate in the next presidential election, which is supposed to take place this year. The assembly has decreed that only parties that took part in the previous election will be eligible.

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