News ID: 270863
Published: 0228 GMT June 30, 2020

Maduro orders EU envoy to leave Venezuela following fresh sanctions

Maduro orders EU envoy to leave Venezuela following fresh sanctions
REUTERS

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the European Union envoy to leave the country, hours after the EU announced sanctions against several officials.

The EU on Monday subjected 11 officials to financial sanctions, citing their actions against the democratic functioning of Venezuela's National Assembly, Reuters reported.

Maduro gave the EU envoy, Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa, 72 hours to leave the country after the sanctions were announced.

In his announcement on Monday broadcast on state television, speaking of the EU, Maduro said: "If they can't respect Venezuela, then they should leave it," BBC reported.

He added: "A plane can be loaned for her to leave." Venezuela's airspace is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The European bloc earlier this month said a decision by the South American nation's Supreme Court in May to ratify an ally of Maduro as president of the National Assembly was illegitimate. Opposition leader Juan Guaido was the rightful congressional president following his election by the majority of members in January, not the court-approved Luis Parra, the EU said.

Parra was among those named in Monday's sanctions, along with Franklyn Duarte and Jose Gregorio Noriega, who were named as vice presidents of the assembly in the May court ruling.

Also on the EU sanctions list were Juan Jose Mendoza, president of the Supreme Court's constitutional chamber, and General Jose Ornelas, head of the National Defense Council.

The EU said the 11 individuals "are particularly responsible for acting against the National Assembly's democratic functioning, including stripping parliamentary immunity from several of its members."

"[They have] also initiated politically-motivated prosecutions and created obstacles to a political and democratic solution to the crisis in Venezuela."

The Information Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment and it was not possible to immediately contact some of those sanctioned. An EU spokesperson in Caracas did not immediately respond to request for comment.

The EU said the new list took the number of Venezuelan officials under sanctions to 36.

 

   
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