United States, Lima Group Put Diplomatic, Financial Pressure on Maduro Regime

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Friday, June 22, 2018
Zarine Kharazian

 On May 21, 2018, the United States imposed its latest sanctions on the government of Venezuela. The sanctions were imposed a day following the widely-denounced re-election of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Independent observers and foreign governments alike widely decried Maduro’s win as a sham, noting that the election was marred by low voter turnout and corruption. "The historically low participation rate confirms that a majority of Venezuelans do not consider him legitimate nor credible," France’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnès Von Der Muhll said in a statement.[1] Meanwhile, U.S. vice president Mike Pence denounced the “sham” election as the “illegitimate result” of a “fake process” and a “blow to the proud democratic tradition of Venezuela.”