Venezuela: Maduro gives EU ambassador 72 hours to leave the country

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro raises his voice against the European Union. Monday, June 29, he gave 72 hours to the head of the European Union delegation in Caracas to leave Venezuela, in reaction to the sanctions adopted the same day by the EU against eleven Venezuelan officials. The Socialist President announced the expulsion of the EU representative, Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa, during a speech at the presidential palace in Miraflores.

“Who are they to try to impose themselves by threat? Who are they ? That’s enough ! That is why I decided to give the European Union ambassador 72 hours to leave our country, ”said Nicolas Maduro. “We will settle this in 72 hours (…) We will provide her with a plane to go, but we will put our affairs in order with the European Union,” he continued. Venezuela has suspended commercial flights due to the new coronavirus pandemic.

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“The alleged election of Luis Parra was not legitimate”

An expulsion immediately condemned by the European Union. “We condemn and refuse the expulsion of our ambassador to Caracas and we will take reciprocal measures,” said the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, in a message on his Twitter account. “Only a solution negotiated between the Venezuelans will allow the country to emerge from its deep crisis,” he added. The Old Continent will convene “today” the Venezuelan ambassador to the European institutions.

The EU sanctioned eleven Venezuelan officials involved in actions against the opposition to the government of Nicolas Maduro on Monday, including Luis Parra, who tried to replace Juan Guaido in the presidency of the parliament in May. Juan Guaido is recognized as interim president of Venezuela by around fifty countries.

“The alleged election of Luis Parra was not legitimate because it did not respect legal procedures and democratic constitutional principles,” said the European Union. Venezuela was the first Latin American country to be subject to EU sanctions in 2017.

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