US Sanctions Venezuela's New Parliament Leader, Senior Opposition Lawmakers

Elias Hubbard
January 15, 2020

The recently elected speaker of Venezuela's National Assembly Luis Parra is among seven Venezuelans targeted by a new round of U.S. sanctions, the Treasury Department said.

The Trump administration has sanctioned Venezuelan officials including lawmaker Luis Parra after their failed attempt last week to forcibly seize control of the opposition-led National Assembly.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday he was open to allowing United Nations and European Union observers to monitor legislative elections slated for later this year.

In a statement, the US Treasury Department moved to blacklist AN President Luis Parra, First Vice President Franklin Duarte, Second President Jose Noriega, and Secretary Negal Morales.

But the United States appeared to be at least adjusting its posture when it called on Thursday for negotiations over establishing a transitional government.

Maduro's security forces stopped many opposition lawmakers from entering the National Assembly on January 5, forcing Guaido to hold an off-site election where 100 deputies voted to re-elect him as head of the legislative body.

While Parra said in an interview last week that he had "a permanent channel of communication" with the USA since he claimed the presidency of the assembly, special envoy to Venezuela for the US government Elliot Abrams said his assertion was "absolutely false".

"Those actions have been condemned and rejected by countries all over the world", he said, before stating they were looking at imposing additional personal sanctions.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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