Venezuela court removes fifth opposition mayor

US oil refiners push back on potential economic sanctions against Venezuela

US oil refiners push back on potential economic sanctions against Venezuela

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that he would like to have a bilateral discussion with his United States counterpart, Donald Trump, although in the past he accused him of trying to remove him from power and ridiculed the sanctions imposed by the US.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza shot back on state television that the U.S. was "making a fool of itself in front of the world".

The overture signaled a different approach for the defiant Maduro, who has delighted in publicly attacking the USA -and Trump in particular-for supposedly instigating protests against the regime.

In his remarks, the Venezuelan leader asked for a "personal conversation" with Trump when they gather in New York City next month at the United Nations General Assembly. "Mr Donald Trump, here is my hand", he said. The sanctions see any of the Venezuelan leader's USA assets frozen and bar him from conducting business American citizens.

But Maduro struck a defiant stance against what he called America's "imperialist aggression", accusing Washington of being involved in an attack on an army base last weekend by uniformed rebels led by two renegade Venezuelan officers.

Venezuelan President, Nicolás Maduro, greeted all opposition parties that registered candidates before the National Electoral Council and are ready to participate in Decembner 10 elections.

On Wednesday, a fifth opposition mayor in Venezuela was removed from his post and ordered under arrest in the continuing crackdown on Maduro's adversaries.

More than 120 people have died in demonstrations against Maduro's rule since April.

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Analysts say that whether or not support for Maduro continues will depend on the evolution of the crisis.

This new "superbody" is in fact a superbody for Maduro because all 545 representatives are Socialist Party members or sympathizers, meaning we can look forward to a lot of 545-0 votes out of this laughable exercise in democracy.

"The search for peace and understanding that President Maduro preaches is impeded by those measures".

The opposition was also motivated by the fact that the ANC supersedes the National Assembly, or Congress, which was under the opposition's control.

The all-powerful government-organized assembly rewriting the constitution is slated to meet again Thursday.

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The bogus election and the seizing of the opposition leader prompted Trump's "dictator" accusation and his threat to take "strong and swift" action against Maduro, possibly including a ban on oil sales between the two countries.

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