Colombia will not recognize result of Venezuela assembly vote

Colombia will not recognize result of Venezuela assembly vote

Colombia will not recognize result of Venezuela assembly vote

Rubio said Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin had been involved in the issue, and that Trump had spoken to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about Venezuela this week.

Attorney Alfredo Romero, who is the director of human rights organization Foro Penal, said Arteaga complained of suffering some hearing loss after the officer struck him in the head.

"What this group is trying to do with Venezuela is basically divide the government, recognize other leaders and foment a conflict with the Venezuelans", Carlos Ron, chargé d'affaires of the Embassy of Venezuela said earlier this week.

Late Thursday, the prosecutor's office released a list of 109 dead from violence related to demonstrations and street blockades across the country since the protests began. As such, OHCHR reiterated the call for calm and for peaceful protests and for all sides to use only peaceful means to make their views heard.

Romero classified Arteaga's detention as arbitrary and said he was set to appear in court Saturday.

The opposition is boycotting the vote and asked backers to block streets starting Friday afternoon despite the official protest ban.

On July 16, a third of the 20-million-strong electorate came out in an opposition-held unofficial referendum to vote against Sunday's election of the body.

That may have been more of an effort to pressure Maduro than to respond to the country's security situation, which has been challenging for years, said one former senior Central Intelligence Agency official. He said the constituent assembly lacks legitimacy and therefore, his county can not accept the result.

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This week's death toll topped last week's one-day strike, when five people were killed.

Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez holds a Venezuelan national flag as he greets supporters outside his home in Caracas on July 8.

Voters will choose 545 members of the National Constituent Assembly, or ANC, which would become the highest authority in Venezuela.

Meanwhile, Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos says his country will not recognise the result of Sunday's vote.

"The usual suspects came out to say Maduro had become insane".

Another lawmaker at the news conference, U.S. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, said he hoped Maduro will "take a deep breath" and back off.

"The dire economic crisis that Venezuela is facing - with rampant shortages of food, medicine and other basic goods - is a major factor contributing to the country's current political instability", Alexander Main, a senior associate for worldwide policy at the Center for Economic Policy and Research, told ABC News via email. "If the USA wishes to help Venezuela resolve its political and economic crises, it needs to put aside talk of further sanctions and instead push both sides to reinitiate dialogue and support the ongoing efforts of former Spanish President Zapatero and Pope Francis to bring the two sides to the negotiating table". The decision was quickly reversed but it sparked a protest movement demanding a new presidential election. Under constitutional changes Chavez ushered in, presidents can run for an unlimited number of six-year terms.

Maduro has long verbally clashed with opposition leaders. The opposition wanted to impeach Maduro after it won a National Assembly majority, but he stacked the Supreme Court with his supporters, blocking any impeachment attempts.

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