BRUSSELS – European leaders called for a new presidential election in Venezuela on Monday announcing that they will "quickly" impose a new round of sanctions on President Nicolas Maduro
The calls for a return to democratic rule showed that Venezuelan elections were further diverging from the constitutional order, the Foreign Ministers of the European Union said.
The threat of EU foreign ministers has been rejected by Maduro, and this sanction will only do more harm to Venezuelans.
"This is the European Union, which arrogantly wants to penetrate the business of Venezuela," said Maduro. "Enough of this old colonialism."
Maduro won a second, six-year term on May 20 that boycotted his closest challenger, illegitimate and Venezuela's leading opposition parties, as fraudulent.
The United States and a Dozen Neighboring Latin Americans The countries also rejected the vote, accusing the Maduro government of preventing leading opposition parties from participating in the bribery to win votes from the poor.
Once one of the richest countries in Latin America, Venezuela had the largest oil reserves in the world. Mismanagement and a renewed decline in world oil prices have deepened the economic and political crisis characterized by food and drug shortages and mass migration.
The US has already sanctioned 70 Venezuelan officials, including Maduro, to turn the once-democratic nation into an authoritarian regime
European politicians have said that the elections were fatally flawed a week ago and they "are in line with the international want to renew recognized democratic standards.
New sanctions from Europe will reinforce those who have already issued economic and travel sanctions against Maduro and several of his lieutenants.
EU foreign ministers said they would carefully enforce sanctions against the Venezuelan authorities to facilitate the situation of the Venezuelan people. "The EU will act swiftly in accordance with established procedures to impose additional targeted and reversible restrictions that will not harm the Venezuelan population," they said.
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