Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
World News | By Cecilia Wilkerson

Maduro Greets Opposition Parties that will Attend Elections

Maduro Greets Opposition Parties that will Attend Elections

The United States sanctioned President Nicolas Maduro and other Venezuelan officials after Maduro established a constituent assembly run by his Socialist Party loyalists and cracked down on widespread opposition.

Maduro asked the Venezuelan Foreign Minister to contact the U.S. authorities to arrange a telephone conversation or a meeting with President Trump, informs France 24.

Maduro said he had also given orders, "if it can happen", for a face-to-face meeting to be organised with Trump when heads of state and government from around the world gather in NY on September 20.

Sanctions could expand the interests of Cuba, China and Russian Federation in Venezuela's oil business.

Maduro said he wants as strong a relationship with the he has with Russian Federation, saying, "Mr. Donald Trump, here is my hand".

New sanctions imposed on Venezuela are not constructive, Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, hailing the creation of the Latin American's nation's constituent assembly as a basis for moving towards stability.

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The countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for Latin America - which includes Ecuador, Bolivia, Cuba, and Nicaragua - met in Caracas recently to express their support for the constituent assembly, while another 17 nations of the Americas met in Peru to state that Maduro's government is a dictatorship. "Today we have the National Constituent Assembly together، and I am here to recognize its plenipotentiary powers، sovereign، original، and magnificent to govern the destinies of the Republic،" Maduro said in his first appearance in the newly-elected legislative body on Thursday.

Both Smolansky and Muchacho were barred from holding public office.

Energy sector sanctions, which could cripple Venezuela's already ailing economy, are still being considered, USA officials said. The former student activist had been one of the most-prominent leaders of four months of anti-government protests that have left at least 124 people dead and hundreds more injured or jailed.

"The search for peace and understanding that President Maduro preaches is impeded by those measures".

But hackers have taken up the torch.

He said it was part of a wave of attacks that began Monday when dozens of government and private company websites were hacked.

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The opposition coalition, a grouping of around 30 disparate parties called the Democratic Unity Roundtable, has been struggling with how to keep pressure on Maduro, whom it wants to see ousted through early elections.

The ambassadors also recognized that candidates from across the political spectrum had enrolled to participate in the regional elections in December.

Last Friday the Constituent Assembly was sworn in with the rejection of a large part of the global community.

The recent election of the 545-member assembly drew global condemnation for usurping the authority of Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress.

Since April 1, more than 120 people have been killed in protest's against Maduro's government.

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