Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Venezuela expels US envoy

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday that he had ordered the chief of mission at the US Embassy in Caracas to leave the country within 48 hours.

Maduro accused US charge d'affaires Todd Robinson of acting as a "conspirator" in Venezuela and declared the diplomat persona non grata.

Maduro made the announcement during the act in which he was proclaimed reelected president, following Sunday's widely questioned election results which Washington does not recognize.

The expulsion order also included the head of political affairs at the US Embassy, Brian Naranjo, who together with Robinson must exit Venezuela within 48 hours.

"Enough with the conspiracies," said the leftist president after making the announcement before a part of his executive staff, who accompanied him to the seat of the National Electoral Council (CNE) where he was to receive his credentials to remain in power until 2025.

The president accused Robinson of "violating international law in the most shameless way," adding that he has the evidence to prove it and will later reveal all the facts of the conspiracy.

He said the Foreign Ministry had warned the diplomat "more than 10 times, in private, in public, in writing, verbally," but, he added, the American never stopped and kept behaving like an "active conspirator."


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