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Maduro Threatens to Cut Power to US Embassy in Venezuela

The head of the Chavista National Constituent Assembly (ANC), Diosdado Cabello, told the US diplomatic corps in Venezuela today that “if there are no diplomatic relations there are no prerogatives whatsoever,” after the president, Nicolás Maduro, broke relations with the government of Donald Trump.

“Maybe the electricity goes out in that sector, the gas does not come,” Cabello said on his program aired on state television channel VTV as “things that could happen” at the US Embassy in Venezuela, located in eastern Venezuela. Caracas.

Maduro announced today that the US diplomatic staff living in Venezuela had 72 hours to leave the country after Trump recognized the head of the Venezuelan Parliament, Juan Guaidó, who proclaimed himself the interim president of the nation this same day.

Cabello also said he would wait “to see if sanity prevails” and the US government realizes “that what they are committing is a terrible outburst that is going to affect them”. “The day the opposition crosses the line, justice has to act”, Diosdado Cabello

According to Cabello, who heads a forum composed only of Chavistas and not recognized by various countries of the world, all these restrictions would occur “always within the framework of the law”.

The Secretary of State of the United States, Mike Pompeo, announced today that he will keep his diplomatic staff in Venezuela, thus ignoring the Government of Nicolás Maduro, and urged the Venezuelan Armed Forces to protect them.

Pompeo said in a statement that Maduro, whom he called an “ex-president,” “does not have the legal authority to break relations with the United States or to declare US diplomats persona non grata.”

After Maduro’s decision to break off relations with the United States, Guaido said he will maintain diplomatic relations with the United States, in opposition to the Chavez leader’s decision.

“The State of Venezuela strongly wishes that they maintain their diplomatic presence in our country,” according to a statement released by Guaidó on Twitter and addressed to “all Embassies present in Venezuela.”

In addition, Guaidó urged the diplomatic missions in Venezuela to “ignore any order or provision in this regard that contradicts the firm purpose of the legitimate power of Venezuela,” in reference to Maduro’s ruling.

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Josh Mick

Josh Mick is Editor-in-chief at Speaking Times, He enjoys his stint as an editor of several local magazines. He has written several editorials and high-level documentations.

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