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Guaido contends Maduro's reelection to a second six-year term was fraudulent Guaido contends Maduro's reelection to a second six-year term was fraudulent
Lloyd Bates | 30 January, 2019, 02:58

"If the people in Venezuela want to continue to sell us oil, as long as that money goes into blocked accounts, we'll continue to take it".

On January 23, 696 people were detained, the highest number of recorded detentions in Venezuela in 20 years, the United Nations Human Rights Council said.

Analysts say a lack of export pipeline capacity means Canada will not be able to boost shipments to take advantage of US sanctions against Venezuela's national oil company, PDVSA.

On Monday, the Trump administration announced new measures to cut off Maduro's financial resources and redirect them to Guaido, including freezing $7 billion worth of assets of the Venezuelan state-owned oil company PDVSA in the USA jurisdictions.

The country sends about 40 per cent of its 1.3 million barrels per day of oil exports to the United States, RBC noted.

Guaido said in an interview with CNN in Spanish on Monday that Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress had approved a measure asking foreign nations to ensure the country's assets aren't "looted" by Maduro.

The United States has been pressing all countries to part ways with President Nicolas Maduro, a leftist firebrand presiding over a crumbling economy and rising street protests, and recognize Guaido, the head of the National Assembly.

Washington last week recognised opposition leader Juan Guaido as a legitimate interim president and called on Maduro to step down. President Nicolas Maduro was re-elected in May 2018, but the US-backed opposition has denounced him as a "usurper". Paramacay in Carabobo state, Venezuela, Sunday, Jan. 27.

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At the briefing, Bolton reiterated, "The president has made it clear that all options are on the table", in regard to Venezuela.

Russian Federation and China, who are among the countries supporting Maduro's administration and have bankrolled his government, strongly criticized the US sanctions on Monday.

"Russia is doing everything to support the lawful government of Maduro", he said, according to Russian news agency Interfax.

"They should bear responsibility for the serious consequences from this", he said.

The Kremlin has now warned these sanctions on amounted to illegal and open interference in the Latin American country's domestic affairs.

The handwritten note was displayed "in full view of reporters", according to USA Today, drawing questions on social media as to whether the message was truly a signal the administration is considering sending American forces in via Venezuela's neighbor, or a purposeful "leak" aimed at threatening Maduro.

"[The White House is attempting to oust President Maduro for] the same reason there were some intents on ousting president Chavez in 2002 or Maduro in 2014", Peter Dobson, a Venezuelan political analyst, told Al Jazeera.

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