Obama declares national emergency in Venezuela

The Obama administration decided to extend for a second year an executive order declaring a national emergency in Venezuela.

 

In extending the executive order for a year, Obama said the human rights situation in the crisis-wracked South American nation, including press freedom and arbitrary arrests of opponents, hadn't improved while corruption was worsening.

Venezuela's government slammed the Obama administration's decision to extend for a second year an executive order declaring a national emergency in the crisis-wracked South American nation.

 Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez slammed the Obama administration and said that Friday'sexecutive order cements Obama's legacy of "hatred" toward Venezuela and constituted a "grave violation of international law"

 This only makes sense considering the arrogance and imperial irrationality that has characterized" Obama, Rodriguez said in a message on Twitter.

 Obama had declared a "national emergency" in Venezuela in March 2015 as a prelude to slapping sanctions on seven officials who cracked down and jailed anti-government protesters during a wave of unrest blamed for more than 40 deaths.

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