Venezuela says it's expelling top United States diplomats

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Venezuela ordered the expulsion of the top two USA diplomats in the country Tuesday, charging it was the victim of a "political and financial lynching" after Washington tightened sanctions over Nicolas Maduro's re-election.

Opposition leaders said the lifeless voting centers were evidence that Venezuelans heeded their call to abstain from voting in an election they contended was certain to be rigged in Maduro's favor.

Washington insists that Maduro is running a socialist dictatorship, with US Vice President Mike Pence calling the election "neither free nor fair" and saying the "fake process" was a blow to the "proud democratic tradition" of Venezuela.

U.S. spokespeople claim that the measures are aimed at preventing a "firesale" of the country's assets by corrupt officials looking for kickbacks.

The Organization of American States (OAS) does not recognize the results of Sunday's presidential election in Venezuela, Luis Almagro, the organization's secretary general, said Tuesday, stressing the need for transitional government in the Latin American country.

It also cited "major obstacles" to the Venezuelan opposition taking part, adding that "numerous reported irregularities during the election day, including vote buying, stood in the way of fair and equitable elections".

KCNA ran another piece today saying that U.S. sanctions were "aimed at regime change" and "not confined to Venezuela only". The sanctions are so harsh that USA companies are not allowed to buy off debt from Petróleos de Venezuela which is an oil company owned by the Venezuelan government.

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Maduro received his credentials for a second term, which would keep him in office until 2025, from the head of the election commission.

Trump administration officials are known to be considering curbing Venezuelan oil imports, but so far the idea has been discarded for fears it would further raise US gas prices.

Ninety-nine people bought tickets on Monday morning for that trip, said Greberli Rojas, a passenger who displayed a handwritten wait-list she was keeping to avoid disputes between passengers trying to fit on the bus.

Even before the election took place, the US, Canada, the European Union and a dozen Latin American countries said they would not recognise the results.

He promised to spend the next two years before scheduled congressional elections repairing an economy he says has been badly damaged by mafias backed by Colombia and the U.S. Maduro referred to Naranjo as the head of the Central Intelligence Agency in Venezuela.

Thousands of Venezuelans have fled their country due to crippling economic conditions and shortages of food, water, and medical resources. They also expressed the possibility of providing financial support to worldwide groups to strengthen the institutional capacities of countries in the region to deal with the migratory flow of people.

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