Saturday, 11 November 2017

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin : US expands Venezuela blacklist for 'undermining democracy'

The US has imposed sanctions on 10 Venezuelan officials it accuses of undermining democracy, corruption and censoring the press.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the US "would not stand by while the administration of President Nicolas Maduro destroyed democratic order".

Mr Maduro's chief of staff and two ministers are on the list.

It brings to 40 the total number of Venezuelans sanctioned by the US, including Mr Maduro.

The ten have had their US assets frozen and are also banned from travelling to the country, while American businesses are forbidden to work with them.
The treasury department also issued bans against several members of Venezuela's all-powerful Constituent Assembly, including a vice-president.

The department said the assembly had sworn in the winners of the October regional election but that the vote had been "marked by numerous irregularities that strongly suggest fraud" and that had helped Mr Maduro's ruling party win a majority of governorships.

BBC     News.

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