Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Venezuela Political Crisis

In this July 5, 2013 file photo, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, left, speaks with Defense Minister Admiral Diego Molero, right, during an Independence Day parade at Fort Tiuna in Caracas, Venezuela, as first lady Cilia Flores stands between them.

BY JOSHUA GOODMAN CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s government energetically rejected U.S. President Donald Trump’s talk of a potential “military option” to resolve the country’s political crisis on Saturday, calling it the most egregious act of belligerence against Venezuela in ...
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, center, with his wife Cilia Flores, left, and Constitutional Assembly President Delcy Rodriguez wave as they arrive to the National Assembly building for a session with the Constitutional Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017.

BY FABIOLA SANCHEZ CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro said Thursday he wants a meeting with President Donald Trump — the same man he ridicules as a crass imperial magnate and blasts for U.S. sanctions against officials in ...
Constitutional Assembly delegate Carmen Melendez speaks from the podium during a session in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017.

BY JOSHUA GOODMAN and ALEXANDRA OLSON CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Trump administration’s decision on Wednesday to slap sanctions on eight members of Venezuela’s all-powerful constitutional assembly brings to 30 the number of government loyalists targeted for human rights abuses ...
In this Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 file photo, Venezuela's Constitutional Assembly poses for an official photo after being sworn in, at the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela.

BY JOSHUA GOODMAN and FABIOLA SANCHEZ CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s supreme court ordered the removal and arrest of a Caracas-area mayor at the heart of recent anti-government protests and President Nicolas Maduro’s all-powerful constitutional assembly planned to meet again ...
A statue of Venezuelan hero Simon Bolivar with a mask made with the Venezuelan flag is seen at Chacao square in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017.

BY JORGE RUEDA and JOSHUA GOODMAN CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Ruling party chief Diosdado Cabello said Venezuelan troops quashed a “terrorist” attack at a military base Sunday, shortly after a small group of men dressed in fatigues released a video ...
Opposition lawmakers shout "Fraud, fraud during a session of Venezuelan National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017.

BY FABIOLA SANCHEZ and CHRISTINE ARMARIO CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is heading toward a showdown with his political foes, promising to seat a new constituent assembly Friday that will rewrite the country’s constitution and hold powers ...
An anti-government demonstrator waves a flag against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro during a vigil in honor of those who have been killed during clashes between security forces and demonstrators in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, July 31, 2017.

BY FABIOLA SANCHE and CHRISTINE ARMARIO CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s president defiantly dismissed allegations that official turnout figures for the election of an all-powerful constituent assembly were manipulated, accusing the international software firm behind the claim of bowing to ...
In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro shows his ballot after casting a vote for a constitutional assembly in Caracas, Venezuela on Sunday, July 30, 2017.

BYFABIOLA SANCHEZ and CHRISTINE ARMARIO CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The official count of Venezuelans who participated in the election of an all-powerful constituent assembly was tampered with — off by at least 1 million votes — the head of a ...
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, national security adviser H.R. McMaster, right, speak at the beginning of the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, July 31, 2017, on the situation in Venezuela.

BY MATTHEW LEE WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration slapped financial sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday after a weekend election that gave the South American country’s ruling party virtually unlimited powers. The sanctions freeze any assets Maduro ...
People lineup to enter to a poll station during the election for a constitutional assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, July 30, 2017.

BY MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and MATTHEW LEE CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s socialist government claimed a popular mandate to dramatically recast the country’s political system even as the United States pledged potentially devastating oil sanctions on Monday and condemnations of the ...
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