Venezuela expels top United States diplomat

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FILE PHOTO: Todd Robinson, Charge d'Affaires of the U.S. Embassy for Venezuela, talks to the media during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela May 18, 2018.

"If the global community fails to assist the country right now, then the Venezuelan people will end up with a Syrian scenario, though there may not be large-scale bombing and destruction since the country has a vast oil infrastructure".

In addition, several Latin American countries said they will consider individual financial and travel sanctions against top Venezuelan officials.

"The US will not leave Venezuela alone so the country's prospects are grim", he added. The career diplomat previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Guatemala from September 16, 2014 to September 20, 2017.

Reports say that 14 members of Lina Group have revealed that they will recall their envoys to protest against what it said was the country's failure to hold a "free and fair" election.

Lucena, from the same leftist party as Maduro, rejected allegations by the opposition and many countries that the polls were not legitimate.

As the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela worsens, and in the wake of what has been widely condemned as a sham presidential election on Sunday to keep Nicolas Maduro in power, questions are focused even more sharply on what could be done to improve living conditions for citizens there.

Turkey's President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has congratulated his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro on winning a new term in office, the Turkish presidency said Wednesday, after an election widely condemned by the global community. Just ask North Korea.

Maduro expelled U.S. Chargé d'Affaires Todd Robinson from the nation
Maduro expelled U.S. Chargé d'Affaires Todd Robinson from the nation

"What happened in Venezuela on Sunday is truly freaky".

White House officials unveiled the latest executive order against Maduro less than 24 hours after the embattled populist leader secured another six-year term in an election that drew claims of voter fraud and corruption.

Major protests, like those seen past year and in 2014, seem unlikely, given widespread disillusionment and fatigue.

Given Maduro's iron grip on the military and on most of the country's important political institutions, many observers outside of Venezuela agree that any solution will likely require a regime change.

"Never have we witnessed an worldwide attack as bad as the one that characterized this process", she said.

Trading of Venezuelan government and PDVSA debt was mixed but volumes remained thin in NY on Monday afternoon, with election results considered a formality and offering little to change investor viewpoints.

In the future, actions will be taken to exacerbate the crisis in Venezuela.

The benchmark government bond due 2027 was bid up 0.25 points to 29 cents on the dollar while the benchmark PDVSA 2022 recovered about half of its early losses to trade down 0.65 points in price to 26.851 cents on the dollar, according to Thomson Reuters data.

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