Maduro gives EU ambassador 72 hours to leave Venezuela

Cheryl Sanders
July 2, 2020

"I think it further isolates the Maduro regime internationally and it is not a good way to try and solve the political problem in Venezuela and that is why we regret, strongly, this measure".

The EU said the new list took the number of Venezuelan officials under sanctions to 36.

The UK has unequivocally recognised top Venezuelan opposition figure Juan Guaido as the president of the Latin American state, the British High Court said in a ruling on a case filed against the Bank of England regarding its handling of Caracas' gold reserves.

"The Council today added 11 leading Venezuelan officials to the list of those subject to restrictive measures, due to their role in acts and decisions undermining democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela", said the European Union council in a press release.

Relations between Venezuela and the European Union have been tense since 2017, when the latter launched sanctions against the former, including an arms embargo. Parra was among the 11 people most recently sanctioned by the EU.

The relationship between Caracas and Europe have long turned sour, as the block still sees Guaido as the head of the National Assembly despite him being ousted as result of the election in January, which the US-backed opposition leader denounced as a parliamentary 'coup. In particular, she declared that the number of seats in the National Assembly was increased from 167 to 277, to take into account the population growth of Venezuela, which is now around 30 millions of inhabitants. He had lost in December 2015, after 15 years of domination chaviste, where the opposition had won 112 of 167 seats in the national Assembly.

Maduro added that the ambassador would be given a plane to leave.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday gave the EU's Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa 72 hours to leave the country in response to European sanctions against 11 Venezuelans.

The day following the expulsion, the EU's foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, commented on the entire situation.

Borrell went on to clarify that, "all options were on the table", until he met with Maduro's representative to the 27-member bloc.

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