US accuses Venezuela of bribes to rig opposition vote

The United States on Friday promised further sanctions to pressure Venezuela's leftist leader Nicolas Maduro, accusing him of bribing lawmakers…

The United States on Friday promised further sanctions to pressure Venezuela’s leftist leader Nicolas Maduro, accusing him of bribing lawmakers to block the re-election of his opponent Juan Guaido.

The National Assembly will vote on January 5 on whether to give a new term to Guaido, the 36-year-old engineer considered interim president by most Western and Latin American countries.

“The regime is using a combination of threats, arrests and bribes — up to $500,000 per vote, we have been told — to stop the re-election of Juan Guaido,” Elliott Abrams, the US envoy leading efforts to oust Maduro, told reporters in Washington.

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