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14 countries recall envoys after Venezuela re-elected Maduro as president



14 countries recall envoys after Venezuela re-elected Maduro as president

The re-election of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday in an election reportedly marred by controversy has forced a group of Latin leaders to recall their envoys from the oil rich country.

Reports say 14 members of the Lina Group have revealed that they will recall their envoys to protest against what it said was the country’s failure to hold a “free and fair” election.

The group in a statement said the members’ diplomats in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, would return to their respective countries for consultations.

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The group consists of Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Saint Lucia.

In a related development, President Donald Trump of the USA signed an executive order restricting Maduro’s government from selling off, or borrowing against, public assets.

“We call for the Maduro regime to restore democracy, hold free and fair elections, release all political prisoners immediately and unconditionally, and end the repression and economic deprivation of the Venezuelan people,” Trump said in a statement.


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