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US State Department Reviews Sanctions on Venezuela after Court Ruling

Mon 29 Jan 2024 | 05:05 AM
Taarek Refaat

The US State Department said on Saturday that it is currently reviewing its sanctions policy on Venezuela, after a Supreme Court upheld a ban preventing presidential candidate Maria Corina Machado from assuming office.

The ruling issued by the Supreme Court of Justice in Venezuela on Friday means that Machado will not be able to run in the presidential elections scheduled for the second half of this year.

“The United States is currently reviewing its policy regarding Venezuela sanctions, based on this development and the recent political targeting of democratic opposition candidates and civil society,” State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said in a statement.

Miller added that the court's ruling is a "deeply troubling decision" and contradicts commitments announced by President Nicolas Maduro to allow all parties to choose their candidates for the presidential election.