Selin ATAY-TDO- The United States on Friday blacklisted four Venezuela's National Electoral Council officials for what it said was their help for the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to prevent free and fair parliamentary elections in Venezuela on Dec. 6.
The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that the move is taken to respond to President Maduro's "attempts to corrupt democratic elections" in the country.
"Today, the United States is sanctioning, under Executive Order 13692, David Eugenio de Lima Salas, Reinaldo Enrique Muñoz Pedroza, Indira Maira Alfonzo Izaguirre, and Jose Luis Gutierrez Parra in light of their involvement in Maduro’s efforts to manipulate the Venezuelan National Assembly and restructure the National Electoral Council, moves that rob the Venezuelan people of free and fair elections and destroy their democratic institutions," Mike Pompeo said.
Voicing support for Juan Guaido, main opponent of Maduro, Pompeo said his country stands with Guaido "in his effort to restore a democratic Venezuela."
Pompeo went on to say that conditions for free and fair elections "do not exist" in Venezuela and the release of political prisoners "does not change that."
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement that “The corrupt Maduro regime is attempting to seize control of the National Assembly of Venezuela through a fraudulent election”.