Nicolas Maduro wins Venezuela re-election

  • Nicolas Maduro wins Venezuela re-election

Nicolas Maduro wins Venezuela re-election

President Donald Trump levied new sanctions on Venezuela Monday following elections the US has criticized as fraudulent.

But while American officials issued messages of strong condemnation, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered a different response-he "sent a congratulatory message to Nicolas Maduro Moros on the occasion of his re-election" according to the Kremlin.

Hours after Maduro's victoy, President Donald Trump tightened financial sanctions against Venezuela, making it harder for the government to sell off state assets.

The US State Department declared Sunday's vote a "sham" and repeated threats to impose sanctions on Venezuela's all-important oil sector, which is already reeling from falling output, a brain-drain and creaking infrastructure.

"The illegitimate result of this fake process is a further blow to the proud democratic tradition of Venezuela", US Vice President Mike Pence said in a strongly worded statement.

Speaking in Argentine capital Buenos Aires, where he has discussed Venezuela with fellow foreign ministers of the G20, Mr Johnson said he was concerned about the "man-made humanitarian and economic crisis" gripping the South American state.

Zapatero, who facilitated the previous round of government-opposition dialogue in the Dominican Republic in January, said that Sunday's vote had gone forward "peacefully" and opposition candidates should direct any complaints they have regarding the electoral process through the appropriate institution channels.

The Canadian government took steps Monday to apply further pressure on Venezuela by announcing it won't seek to replace its ambassador in Caracas following a presidential election that has attracted widespread global condemnation. The U.S. "will not sit idly by as Venezuela crumbles and the misery of their courageous people continues", he added.

Venezuelan citizens living in Argentina shout slogans during a protest against the presidential election in Venezuela in Buenos Aires Argentina

Venezuela's Foreign Minister, Jorge Arreaza, rejected on Monday the new sanctions imposed by the United States Government against the South American nation, based on non-compliance with global law.

Fourteen countries in the region, including Brazil, Colombia, Argentina and Mexico, have recalled their ambassadors from Caracas for consultations.

Maduro told cheering supporters outside the presidential palace in Caracas.

Falcon accused the Maduro government of buying votes and dirty tricks to increase the number of poor Venezuelans voting.

Venezuela has been hit by a prolonged economic crisis that has seen the inflation rise by a staggering 16,000 percent and prompted a severe shortage in basic supplies, such as food and medicine. The official said some Venezuelan officials were selling off accounts potentially worth large sums of money in the future for paltry amounts paid today. The group condemned the Maduro regime as corrupt, placing responsibility with that regime for the suffering of the Venezuelan people through prioritizing the regime's enrichment while refusing outside aid to the Venezuelan people.

While the Venezuelan vote was not on the G-20 official agenda, Mr. Maduro did not find a single backer among the diplomats representing 19 major industrialized nations, the European Union, and invited countries such as Chile, Spain and the Netherlands.

The U.S. was also one of six countries that Reuters reported wouldn't recognize the election results in a joint statement Monday.