Venezuela's president, Nicolas Maduro, was declared the victor of Sunday's presidential elections with nearly 70% of the votes but only 46% turned out for the widely-recognised fraudulent ballot, meaning he was only elected by about a third of the population.
Maduro won almost 68 percent of the votes, according to Venezuela's Election Council, with more than 92 percent of polling stations accounted for. The worldwide community also has strong concerns over Venezuela's deepening economic and humanitarian crises. The Trump administration could also impose oil sanctions, or the so-called nuclear option, that would cut off Venezuela's biggest source of revenue.
On Monday, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland called Sunday's elections, which will keep President Nicolas Maduro in power, "illegitimate and anti-democratic".
Maduro's government, however, said the US was using new sanctions to sabotage the election.
"The elections have been held and their results have an irreversible character: two-thirds of the votes went to the current president of the country, Nicolás Maduro", he concluded. "Constitutionality has triumphed [These were] elections that were constitutional, legitimate and legal", he said.
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"Sooner or later, they all break in the face of threats from the imperialists", he said, appealing to the USA to also reconsider its belligerent stance toward his government.
The 55-year-old successor to late leftist leader Hugo Chavez hailed his win as a victory against "imperialism". More voters abstained than cast ballots. "There's nothing and nobody who can take them out".
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National Electoral Council President Tibisay Lucena acknowledged a handful of complaints, but insisted they were minor compared to past elections.
The moves by Ottawa come as countries around the world increase their pressure on the already embattled Venezuelan government, which is accused of failing to provide its citizens with a fair, democratic and transparent process.
He said "permanent dialog" is needed with the entire opposition so that Venezuela could set aside political disputes. In a country, which is suffering widespread scarcities, government-issued food ration cards provided an incentive for many to vote for him. Turnout figures in last year's elections for a constitutional assembly, which the opposition also boycotted, were inflated by at least 1 million votes, according to the company that provided technology for Venezuela's electronic voting machines for more than a decade.
Since the beginning of the year, there have been at least 19 officers detained in Venezuela, among those are lieutenant colonels, some of whom commanded important battalions, according to local reports.
"The Russian president wished Maduro good health and success in resolving the social and economic issues facing the country", the Kremlin said on May 21, calling for "national dialogue in the interests of the entire Venezuelan people".
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Trump's decision comes on the heels of Maduro's victory Sunday in an election boycotted by the main opposition coalition and scorned by the worldwide community.
The Associated Press reported this story.