Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 that he is expelling Robinson, the top US diplomat in Venezuela and his deputy for allegedly conspiring against his government.
According to Venezuela's National Election Council, incumbent President Nicolas Maduro won Sunday's election, receiving almost 6.2 mln votes, while his main rival Henri Falcon, representing the Progressive Advance party, garnered 1.9 mln votes.
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"We will present evidence to the country of the conspiracy in the military field of the United States charge d'affaires and his embassy, of the conspiracy in the economic field and of the conspiracy in the political field". The Venezuelan government has missed the opportunity for an urgently needed political rectification.
"We reject completely the false allegations made by Maduro against Chargé Robinson and Deputy Chief of Mission Naranjo", the department said in a statement.
"I'm prepared to sell coffee because us migrants have to be prepared to start from the bottom", said Rojas, who plans to settle in Lima, Peru. "We've never seen a country as wealthy as Venezuela is ... dive into such a death spiral so quickly by such a group of individuals determined to enrich themselves at the expense of millions of people".
"This was my first visit to Merida, but it will not be my last", added Robinson, who assumed the charge d'affaires role in December.
The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry also criticized the "systematic campaign of aggression and hostility" from the United States, which it said was aimed at punishing the Venezuelan people "for exercising their right to vote". The career diplomat previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Guatemala from September 16, 2014 to September 20, 2017. "The third act will be the levying of sanctions on oil companies, the United States may possibly block any oil exports just like it has been obstructing oil companies' access to the worldwide banking system to prevent any deals involving Venezuelan oil", Pshenichnikov noted.
"We will be the most powerful and largest political force in Venezuela for a long time", he told a festive crowd of supporters who poured into the grounds of the presidential palace to celebrate.
"What these sanctions are seeking to avoid is that countries outside the Western hemisphere come rescue Maduro financially so that he can consolidate an autocracy", said Venezuelan opposition lawmaker and economist Angel Alvarado.
The EU has followed Washington's lead in condemning the Venezuelan elections, saying that the presidential and regional polls "went ahead without a national agreement on an electoral calendar and without complying with the minimum global standards for a credible process".
Maduro said the expulsions were "in defense of the dignity of the homeland", and received a standing ovation from the crowd. Turnout for the election was under 50 percent, compared to 80 percent in 2013.
According to the National Electoral Council, Maduro was re-elected as Venezuelan president for second term, having secured 68 percent of votes, with slightly over 46-percent voter turnout.
The Trump administration has also tried to convince China and Russian Federation to stop issuing new credit to Venezuela, U.S. officials told reporters on Monday.
Many large corporations were nationalized or fled the country in recent years, and about 90% of Venezuelans now live below the poverty line.
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