Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. As he has done for years to retain power, Maduro arbitrarily jails or bans prominent political leaders and uses the distribution of food as a tool for social control. He manipulated the electoral process and timeline to his advantage; electoral irregularities included everything from intimidation and disenfranchisement of voters to improper tabulation of the results. The freely and fairly elected Venezuelan National Assembly, in accordance with the Venezuelan constitution, determined the presidency was vacant because Maduro claimed victory in a fraudulent election. A country in crisis: Meanwhile the economy and basic social services have continued to spiral downward, leading to a growing humanitarian crisis. For example:.
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The continental territory is bordered on the north by the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, on the west by Colombia , Brazil on the south, Trinidad and Tobago to the north-east and on the east by Guyana. The Venezuelan government maintains a claim against Guyana to Guayana Esequiba. Venezuela is among the most urbanized countries in Latin America;   the vast majority of Venezuelans live in the cities of the north and in the capital. The territory of Venezuela was colonized by Spain in amid resistance from indigenous peoples. In , it became one of the first Spanish-American territories to declare independence from the Spanish as a department of the federal republic of Gran Colombia. It gained full sovereignty as a country in During the 19th century, Venezuela suffered political turmoil and autocracy, remaining dominated by regional military dictators until the midth century.
Venezuela: A Democratic Crisis. Jesus Alfredo Itriago — New Target. The United States established diplomatic relations with Venezuela in
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