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US issues fresh Venezuela-related sanctions over alleged fraudulent elections

  • Published at 11:11 am December 19th, 2020
Venezuela Nicolas Maduro
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro arrives with his wife Cilia Flores, Vice President Delcy Rodriguez and President of Venezuela's Constituent National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello for the closing session of Venezuela's Constituent National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela December 18, 2020 Reuters

The move freezes any US assets of the company and people and generally bars Americans from dealing with them

The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on two people and a company it says played a role in fraudulent elections in Venezuela, keeping up pressure on socialist President Nicolas Maduro even as US President Donald Trump's term nears a close.

The US Treasury Department said it blacklisted Venezuelan biometric technology company Ex-Cle Soluciones Biometricas CA, which it said provided goods and services used by the Maduro government to hold parliamentary elections earlier this month.

The United States, the European Union and more than a dozen Latin American countries said last week they would not recognize the results of a parliamentary election in Venezuela on December 6, which saw allies of Maduro win a majority.

"The illegitimate Maduro regime's efforts to steal elections in Venezuela show its disregard for the democratic aspirations of the Venezuelan people," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in the statement on Friday.

"The United States remains committed to targeting the Maduro regime and those who support its aim to deny the Venezuelan people their right to free and fair elections," he added.

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Also targeted were two individuals the Treasury said acted for or on behalf of Ex-Cle Soluciones Biometricas CA, targeting dual Argentine and Italian national Guillermo Carlos San Agustin and Venezuelan Marcos Javier Machado Requena.

Maduro, who has accused the United States of trying to overthrow him to gain control over Venezuela's oil resources, lashed out at US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in response to the announcement.

"The disgraceful Mike Pompeo today put out some stupid sanctions, like the good imbecile that he is .... against the company and businessmen that manufactured machines so that the Venezuelan people could vote," Maduro said in a televised broadcast.

The move freezes any US assets of the company and people and generally bars Americans from dealing with them.

The Trump administration has waged a campaign of sanctions and diplomatic measures in an effort to oust Maduro, whose 2018 reelection was considered a sham by most Western countries. 

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