- Title: Maduro lambasts US, Mexico and Colombia for election criticism
- Date: 28th July 2017
- Summary: CARACAS, VENEZUELA (JULY 27, 2017) (REUTERS) GENERAL VIEW OF PRO-GOVERNMENT RALLY SUPPORTERS WAVING ARMS AND FLAGS AT RALLY WITH PRESIDENT NICOLAS MADURO ON STAGE WAVING TO AUDIENCE MADURO LOOKING AT AUDIENCE THROUGH BINOCULARS AUDIENCE AT RALLY BANNER AT RALLY WITH NAME OF CONSTRUCTION TRADE UNION WRITTEN OVER OFFICIAL BANNER THAT READS "VENEZUELA, UNITED FOR THE CONSTITUENT (ASSEMBLY)" AUDIENCE CLAPPING HANDS AT RALLY MAN WEARING CAP WITH IMAGES OF HUGO CHAVEZ AND FIDEL CASTRO PLAYING TRUMPET MAN PLAYING TRUMPET AND ANOTHER AUDIENCE MEMBER BEHIND HIM BANGING DRUM AMONG AUDIENCE AT 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: LVA0016RHUE6F
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- 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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