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LATIN AMERICA EU prepares to hit Venezuela with new sanctions
Bloc agrees to ‘swiftly’ adopt new sanctions against Venezuelan officials following vote which ‘lacked credibility’.
The European Union (EU) is calling for “fresh presidential elections” in Venezuela as it prepares to impose more targeted sanctions against officials in the South American country.
Nicolas Maduro was re-elected as Venezuela’s president on May 20 in an election marred by low turnout, a boycott by the main opposition and allegations from rival candidates of several voting irregularities.
At a regular meeting in Brussels on Monday, the EU’s foreign ministers said in a statement that the vote “lacked any credibility as the electoral process did not ensure the necessary guarantees for inclusive and democratic elections.