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VENEZUELA: Trouble looms as govt places travel ban on opposition leader Guaido



VENEZUELA: Trouble looms as govt places travel ban on opposition leader Guaido

Fresh trouble may be brewing in the South American country of Venezuela after the chief prosecutor asked the Supreme Court to place a travel ban on opposition leader Juan Guaido.

Reports say the chief prosecutor also asked the Supreme Court to freeze the accounts of the self-proclaimed president Guaido.

On Tuesday, Attorney General Tarek Saab said on state television he asked the court “to open a preliminary investigation into Guaido as a result of diverse violent occurrences provoked in this country since January 22″ – the day before Guaido named himself president.

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Guaido has been recognised as Venezuela’s legitimate head of state by the United States, along with several other countries.

The move is coming after embattled president Nicolas Maduro wasted no time in hitting back after the United State imposed sweeping sanctions on state-owned oil firm, in a move aimed at pressuring Maduro to leave power.

Reacting to the sanctions, Maduro on Monday vowed to take action, calling the sanctions “criminal” and accused Washington of robbing Venezuelans of oil riches that rightfully belonged to them.

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