Macron calls for more sanctions, pressure on Venezuela

Aaron Brown
January 28, 2018

The US and many other countries see the constituent assembly as an illegitimate congress, created to keep Maduro in power.

Last Monday, the European Union froze the assets and imposed a travel ban on seven senior Venezuelan officials.

Santos, who has criticized the Venezuelan government many times in the past, warned before the constituent assembly elections a year ago that he would not recognize the results.

"I want us to go further given the recent decisions and the shift to authoritarianism", said Mr Macron.

Spanish government spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo told reporters after the weekly Cabinet meeting Friday that Isea was being expelled "in a strict application of the rule of reciprocity".

President Nicolás Maduro has accused Spain of pushing for the European Union sanctions and plotting to oust him.

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (C) greets supporters as he arrives for an event with women, next to his wife Cilia Flores (centre R), in Caracas, Venezuela January 25, 2018.

Several of its leaders have been barred from standing for office, including Henrique Capriles, who narrowly lost to Maduro in special elections following the death of Hugo Chavez in 2013, and activist Leopoldo Lopez, who has been under house arrest since being released from jail a year ago.

Earlier Wednesday, the U.S. State Department criticized the move by Venezuela's ruling party to hold an early presidential election, saying that will deny citizens of the crisis-ridden nation their democratic rights.

Maduro's government says it is fighting a USA -led right-wing conspiracy determined to end socialism in Latin America, hobble Venezuela's economy, and steal its oil wealth.

Several neighboring Latin American countries have also criticized holding an early election, saying they cut short negotiations with Venezuela's opposition, which has been calling for worldwide observers, among measures.

Argentina's Macri also condemned the "unacceptable authoritarian slide" of Venezuela under Maduro and called for "transparent elections", adding: "It has not been a democracy for some time".

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