USA calls for Venezuelan president Maduro to step down

USA calls for Venezuelan president Maduro to step down

On the other hand, he called on Venezuelans to participate in the upcoming presidential elections, for Legislative Councils and Municipal Councils on May 20.

Close to 1 million people left Venezuela between 2015 and 2017, according to United Nations figures, to escape the rising incidence of malnutrition and preventable diseases as a result of the collapse of the country's socialist economic system.

Vice President Mike Pence will on Monday announce new U.S. sanctions against Venezuela and call for a "sham" May election to be delayed.

"Suspend this sham election". "Hold real elections. Give the people of Venezuela real choices - because the Venezuelan people deserve to live in democracy once again".

Pence also announced that the Trump administration is sanctioning three prominent Venezuelans connected to Maduro, in addition to various economic sanctions already in place.

The Trump administration is designating a former official of the Venezuelan intelligence service, two of his aides and 20 companies as narcotics traffickers. Twenty companies tied to those men are also under sanction.

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Pence previously has urged the global community to increase pressure on Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro, who the United States blames for the deep recession and hyperinflation that has caused shortages of food and medicine and a flood of migrants into neighboring countries.

The funding announcement comes roughly a month after Vice President Pence announced that the USA would provide almost $16 million in humanitarian aid for Venezuelans who have fled a deepening economic and political crisis in the country. He said the spread of disease, chaos, and drugs associated with Venezuela's collapse shows "consequences will radiate around our hemisphere".

Haley's comments Tuesday followed Pence's own call the previous day for Venezuela's elections to be suspended.

Pence also urged member states to cut off Venezuelan leaders from their financial systems and to enact visa restrictions.

Current OAS members includes all 35 independent nations of the Americas.

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