08/02/2018 Politics

European Parliament calls for extension of sanctions against Venezuela

The European Parliament (EP) has demanded the extension of the sanctions to the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, his vice president Tareck el Aissami and his environment, as well as the state oil company PDVSA, considering them "responsible for the aggravation of the crisis."

 
Strasbourg, France .- Photo of yesterday Wednesday February 7, 2017 where MEPs vote on the future composition of the Parliament after the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union, during a session in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Today they voted for a resolution that calls for extending the sanctions imposed by the European Union (EU) on Venezuela.
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In the resolution approved this Thursday by 480 votes in favor, 51 against and 70 abstentions, MEPs have also asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to initiate inquiries into the alleged human rights violations perpetrated by Caracas.

The measure of the European Parliament came hours after the National Electoral Council (CNE) set for April 22 the early presidential elections without Caracas reaching an agreement with the Venezuelan opposition.

The resolution has lamented the decision of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) to advance the presidential elections and also the ruling of the Supreme Court of Justice of the South American country to prohibit the participation of opposition candidates.

 
 
Strasbourg, France .- Photo of yesterday Wednesday February 7, 2017 where MEPs vote on the future composition of the Parliament after the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union, during a session in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Today they voted for a resolution that calls for extending the sanctions imposed by the European Union (EU) on Venezuela.
Patrick Seeger/EPA VIA ULAN/LANA
 
 
 

The decision of the European Parliament came a few days after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Washington is close to deciding whether to finally impose sanctions on Venezuelan oil, after discussing the matter with leaders of South America.

However, Caracas blames the situation in the country to the US, specifically, Maduro said that his US counterpart, Donald Trump, is pressing the Venezuelan opposition to withdraw from the upcoming presidential elections, trying thus " sabotage and call abstention. "

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