U.S. Ambassador Haley says Venezuela President must go
By: Sarah Brunner, Xiro Xone News May 10, 2018 Updated: 4:38 AM PT
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has been asked to step down by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. Venezuela is an oil producing country on the northern coast of South America, and was controlled by former president Hugo Chavez, from 1999 until his death in 2013. Chavez appointed Nicolas Maduro vice president and hand picked successor. Following an election, Maduro was chosen to lead the country.
Current opposition leaders and international news media consider Maduro’s government to be a dictatorship. In the 2015 Venezuelan parliamentary election, the opposition party gained a majority. Maduro moved to strip the National Assembly of power in 2015 through an internationally questioned censured constitutional.
A food shortage, crime, and corruption, caused Maduro to use his executive power to declare a state of economic emergency in 2016. But by December 2017 there had been several protests and no progress between the parties. President Maduro declared that, the leading opposition parties would be barred from taking part in the May 20, 2018 presidential vote because they boycotted mayoral polls.
“It’s time for Maduro to go," said Haley during a conference on Latin America at the State Department. She continued by saying, “Venezuelan people have become unwilling victims of a criminal narco-state.”
The Trump administration have already piled on sanctions, but said it planned to provide an additional $18.5 million in funding for displaced Venezuelans in Colombia. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) said the money would be given to the Columbian government for school feeding programs, mobile health services and new systems to help collect data on displaced Venezuelans in the country.
Vice-President Mike Pence said, "In short, there will be no real election in Venezuela on May 20 and the world knows it. It will be a fake election with a fake outcome."