US considering more sanctions to ratchet up pressure on Venezuela, says special envoy

US considering more sanctions to ratchet up pressure on Venezuela, says special envoy
US considering more sanctions to ratchet up pressure on Venezuela, says special envoy

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Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido speaks during a news conference in Caracas January 6, 2020. — Reuters pic

WASHINGTON, Jan 7 — The United States is looking at additional sanctions to step up pressure on the Venezuelan government, the US special envoy for the country said yesterday, after Venezuela's ruling Socialist party moved forcefully to install a new head of Congress.

Special envoy Elliott Abrams spoke to reporters at the US State Department a day after armed troops blocked Venezuelan opposition legislators, including their leader Juan Guaido, from entering parliament.

“We are looking at additional sanctions — personal sanctions, economic sanctions — that we think will bring more pressure yet on the regime,” Abrams said.

In addition, he said, the US Congress had allocated “a fair amount of money to help the Democratic opposition in Venezuela and we will be thinking of ways to use those funds and to try to get other countries to give support.”

He said the United States would also try to get other countries to provide support for the opposition.

Troops with riot shields on Sunday blocked Guaido from entering parliament for what was expected to be his re-election as head of Congress.

Opposition legislators quickly re-elected Guaido — who is recognised by dozens of nations as Venezuela's rightful leader — in a session at the headquarters of a pro-opposition newspaper. — Reuters

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