Venezuela election: 14 ambassadors recalled after Nicolas Maduro's victory

Venezuela election: 14 ambassadors recalled after Nicolas Maduro's victory

A growing roster of nations on Monday decried Venezuela's presidential election as a farce, with the USA leading the charge in announcing new financial restrictions aimed at further isolating President Nicolas Maduro's embattled government.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order prohibiting certain additional transactions with respect to Venezuela.

Mr Maduro attributes the country's problems to what he calls an economic war waged against Venezuela by the US.

The group consists of Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Saint Lucia.

The latest round of sanctions comes on the back of Maduro's contested re-election on Sunday. The official said some Venezuelan officials were selling off accounts potentially worth large sums of money in the future for paltry amounts paid today.

The U.S. was also one of six countries that Reuters reported wouldn't recognize the election results in a joint statement Monday.

Following the election, a group of 14 nations in the region known as the Lima Group issued a condemnation, saying they would not recognize the vote. "There must be new elections in Venezuela", he told reporters.

Falcon called for a new election, complaining about the government placing of almost 13,000 pro-government stands offering "prizes" close to polling stations nationwide.

Feng Xueting who runs a travel agency in Enping, said the election result had not been good for business.

Thousands of Maduro supporters, many wearing red berets, hugged and danced past midnight outside the Miraflores presidential palace in the capital, Caracas, showered in confetti in the yellow, blue and red colors of the Venezuelan national flag.

Maduro was first elected in 2013, pledging to strengthen the Bolivarian Revolution launched by former President Hugo Chavez.

The Venezuelan government used ample state resources to get voters out on Sunday and public workers were pressured to vote.

She said her brother, who used to run a business providing building materials to Chinese state-owned companies working in Caracas, fled to Canada past year, adding that numerous China-led development projects had been shelved and that nearly all Chinese workers had left Venezuela for safety reasons. "There are Venezuelans coming in now, but large numbers would be very hard to support for them".

But he said that in the event of a new vote, Maduro should do the courageous thing and desist from running. Maduro accused his opponents of trying to "demonize" a program meant to address the social crisis and not assert political control.

"Never before has a presidential candidate taken 68 percent of the popular vote", he said.

National Electoral Council President Tibisay Lucena acknowledged a handful of complaints, but insisted they were minor compared to past elections.

Lu said China hoped Venezuela could sort out any disputes relating to the election within the framework of the law, "if there are any disputes", and that it would decide whether to send a note of congratulations "according to diplomatic protocols". He asked the opposition leaders to unify forces to confront Maduro. "And that's the route of total disobedience".

Information for this article was contributed by Jorge Rueda and Fabiola Sanchez of The Associated Press.

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