US condemns Venezuela vote, vows 'strong and swift' sanctions

2017-07-31 11:01
A person's shadow is cast on a Venezuelan national flag in Caracas. (AFP)

A person's shadow is cast on a Venezuelan national flag in Caracas. (AFP)

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Washington - The United States issued a scathing condemnation on Sunday of Venezuela's vote to elect a new assembly tasked with rewriting the constitution, and vowed "strong and swift actions" against the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

"The United States condemns the elections imposed on July 30 for the National Constituent Assembly, which is designed to replace the legitimately elected National Assembly and undermine the Venezuelan people's right to self-determination," the US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement.

"The United States stands by the people of Venezuela, and their constitutional representatives, in their quest to restore their country to a full and prosperous democracy," she said.

"We will continue to take strong and swift actions against the architects of authoritarianism in Venezuela, including those who participate in the National Constituent Assembly as a result of today's flawed election."

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