US imposes sanctions on Venezuela President


PV International Desk : The US government has frozen any assets held by Venezuela’s President Nicol├ís Maduro in the US, after he held a controversial poll, reports BBC.

Under the sanctions, US firms and individuals are banned from doing business with Maduro.

The election of a constituent assembly on Sunday (July 30) was held amid mass protests, leaving at least 10 people killed.

However, Maduro said the poll was a “vote for the revolution”, saying “sanctions from the empire don’t scare me”.

It is unclear whether the president holds investments in the US and Washington’s action was likely to be seen as symbolic.

“The emperor Donald Trump took decisions against me that show his desperation and hate,” President Maduro said in a televised speech Monday (July 31).

“I don’t obey orders from foreign governments and never will… Sanction me as you wish, but the Venezuelan people have decided to be free and I am the independent president of a free nation.”

Venezuela’s new constituent assembly will have the power to rewrite the constitution and disband the opposition-controlled National Assembly.