President Donald Trump showed signs of being directly concerned with the current situation in Venezuela. The country’s president, Nicolas Maduro, pledged to alter the constitution with the help of a constituent assembly. This group would receive temporary power to rewrite the Venezuelan Constitution with no watchdog to dissuade them from personal interests. Therefore, the legal frame of the opposition is in jeopardy, and the nation may fall into dictatorship. As a consequence, Trump stepped in and warned the president of economic sanctions.
Venezuelans Organized Symbolic Ballot to Make Their Voice Heard Regarding the Alteration of Their Constitution
On Sunday, around seven million Venezuelan citizens took part in an unofficial yet symbolic referendum. The aim of this national voting session was to make the voice of the people heard. The opposition was in charge of the organization while the government declared it illegal. Almost 98% of the votes urged the cessation of Maduro’s plan to overwrite the constitution.
This symbolic ballot came two weeks after the government voted in favor of a constituent assembly. This board would have the authority to alter the 1999’s constitution. Venezuela used to be a wealthy region until street demonstrations became the daily norm to protest government’s decisions.
The country is now suffering shortages of food, medicine, and other basic products. While the opposition points at the government as the source of problems, Maduro administration blames an economic war that the U.S. started with the support of right-wing allies.
President Trump Menaced Maduro with More Economic Sanctions
On Monday, Donald Trump released an official statement regarding the Venezuelan situation. The president stated that Nicolas Maduro would receive more economic sanctions if he goes through with his plans.
“Yet their strong and courageous actions continue to be ignored by a bad leader who dreams of becoming a dictator.”
As a consequence, Trump’s stand shares similarities with Venezuelan opposition that entitled Maduro as a dictator back in March. The president earned this denomination when the Supreme Court failed to recognize the congress that was elected in a democratically.
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