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Venezuela calls on US to respect international law

VENEZUELA called on the United States to respect international law and the country’s sovereignty today.

The Bolivarian government hit out after hawkish US Secretary of State Antony Blinken made unfounded claims of harassment and “unfair conditions” in last Sunday’s elections.

President Nicolas Maduro’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela sealed a resounding victory in the mega-poll, taking the governorship of 20 of the country’s 23 states.

Washington-backed opposition groups performed poorly, losing ground and securing the remaining three states after ending their election boycott.

Mr Blinken “applauded” such groups for their participation and urged Mr Maduro to “respect democratic principles.”

“Enough of violating the UN Charter,” Venezuela’s foreign affairs spokesman Felix Plasencia said in response.

“The resounding applause is for the Venezuelan people, who continue to reaffirm their commitment to democracy and their right to live in peace, despite the multiform aggression and violation of international law by the supremacist government of the United States.”

Washington has long sought the overthrow of Venezuela, which it has previously included in a so-called “troika of tyranny” along with Cuba and Nicaragua.

It has backed a series of failed coups while the Bolivarian government has submitted claims against the US in the International Criminal Court over its illegal use of coercive sanctions. 

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