According to Venezuela's National Election Council, incumbent President Nicolas Maduro won Sunday's election, receiving almost 6.2 mln votes, while his main rival Henri Falcon, representing the Progressive Advance party, garnered 1.9 mln votes.
Maduro declared Chargé d'Affaires Todd Robinson and his deputy Brian Naranjo "persona non grata " and gave them 48 hours to leave the country during a televised address Tuesday in which he denounced the "offensive" USA sanctions, which he said violated global law and caused greater harm and suffering for the Venezuelan people. He accused them of conspiracy against the government.
"We believe in the process and we're giving President Maduro another chance", said 45-year-old social security worker Maira Garcia, as she celebrated his victory in the poor Caracas hillside neighborhood of 23 de Enero.
However, Russia, El Salvador, Cuba and China congratulated President Maduro on his election win.
FILE - In this March 14, 2018 file photo, United States Chargé d'Affaires Todd Robinson attends the inauguration of a culture center that will facilitate study overseas opportunities for Venezuelan youths, in Lecheria, Venezuela. New cell phone policy at Pentagon Doubts grow over Trump-Kim summit MORE called the election a "sham."
It appears to target in part Citgo [PDVSAC.UL], a USA -based oil refiner owned by Venezuela state oil company PDVSA [PDVSA.UL].
"The people of Venezuela have made their pronouncement and we ask everyone, nationally and global, to respect the results", she said.Читайте также: Trump Steps Up Attacks on Russia Probe
"What they don't want to understand is Venezuela is sovereign and free", Maduro said.
The election was boycotted by the main opposition parties and widely criticised by the worldwide community. USA officials are likely wary of pushing Venezuela into the abyss, although the nation will surely continue to crumble even if the US pulls its punches. According to Kronick, when Hugo Chavez became Venezuela's president in 1999, the country was producing 3.5 million barrels of oil a day. Some nations, including the United States, have made efforts to cut off the support that has helped him stay in control.
The US has already tightened sanctions against Venezuela after the poll, which Maduro won with 68 percent of the vote but was boycotted by the main opposition parties and had a record abstention rate. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave a belligerent speech on Monday, threatening to impose the "strongest sanctions in history" if Iran doesn't submit to all the Trump administration's demands.
Why did the USA tighten sanctions?
Electoral council chief Tibisay Lucena, who is on individual US and European Union sanctions lists, certified Maduro's victory in a presentation on Tuesday.
Many large corporations were nationalized or fled the country in recent years, and about 90% of Venezuelans now live below the poverty line.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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