US Targets Maduro-Picked Top Legislator, Six Others in Fresh Venezuelan Sanctions

WASHINGTON—The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on seven Venezuelan government officials it said led a bid by Venezuelan socialist President Nicolas Maduro to wrest control of the countrys congress from U.S.-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido.

Earlier this month, troops blocked Guaido from entering congress long enough for the Socialist Party to declare allied legislator Luis Parra as head of parliament.

Opposition legislators in a separate session on Jan. 5 re-elected Guaido and later returned to the legislative palace to hold a session.

Washington blacklisted Parra and six other current or former officials “who, at the bidding of Maduro, attempted to block the democratic process in Venezuela,” U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in the statement.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, left, who many nations have recognized as the countrys rightful interim ruler, arrives at the National Assembly in Caracas, Read More – Source
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