- Title: Maduro lambasts US, Mexico and Colombia for election criticism
- Date: 28th July 2017
- Summary: GENERAL VIEW OF MADURO ADDRESSING AUDIENCE FROM STAGE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT, NICOLAS MADURO, SAYING, SAYING: "We have prepared a surprise for Emperor Donald Trump and that surprise is the election of July 30 when the people will give a lesson to imperialism and to foreign governments." GENERAL VIEW OF AUDIENCE LISTENING TO MADURO TALK ON STAGE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT, NICOLAS MADURO, SAYING: "The vassal (Colombian President) Juan Manuel Santos is on his knees giving orders to Venezuela to suspend the constituent (election). And from Mexico, the most murderous government that Mexico has had with (Mexican President Enrique) Pena Nieto, bowing down to Emperor Donald Trump, has given Venezuela an order to suspend the constituent (election)." AUDIENCE IN RALLY WEARING PRIMARILY RED TO INDICATE SUPPORT FOR SOCIALIST GOVERNMENT LARGE FLAGS BEING WAVED BEFORE MADURO AS HE STANDS ON STAGE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT, NICOLAS MADURO, SAYING: "I propose to the Venezuelan opposition that they abandon their insurrectional path, that the constitution comes back, that in the coming hours, before the election and installation of the National Constituent Assembly, we set up negotiations, national agreement and reconciliation of the homeland." GENERAL VIEW OF RALLY
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- Keywords: constituent assembly USA President Nicolas Maduro final election rally President Juan Manuel Santos President Donald Trump Venezuela Colombia sanctions
- Location: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- City: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- Country: Venezuela
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA0026RHUE6F
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- Story Text:President Nicolas Maduro lambasted Mexico and Colombia for lining up with the United States in their criticism of Venezuela's constituent election, saying the vote will be a blow to U.S. imperialism.
Earlier this week, the United States announced sanctions against 13 current and former officials for corruption, undermining democracy and participating in repression. It comes as Washington seeks to step up pressure on Maduro to call off the vote amidst fears a new constituent assembly with powers to change the constitution will cement socialist rule over the country.
Mexico and Colombia have been one of the region's fiercest critics of Maduro's constituent election. They have instead called on Caracas to head the demands of popular protests against the government and call for a general election.
But Maduro accuses his opposition of being backed by Washington and foreign governments, accusing his rivals of seeking a coup similar to that of his late predecessor Hugo Chavez.
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