President Nicolas Maduro gave 72 hours to the head of the European Union delegation in Caracas on Monday to leave Venezuela, in reaction to the sanctions adopted the same day by the EU against eleven Venezuelan officials. The Socialist President announced the expulsion of the EU representative, Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa, during a speech at the presidential palace in Miraflores.
“Who are they to try to impose themselves by threat? Who are they ? That’s enough ! This is why I decided to give the European Union ambassador 72 hours to leave our country ”, said Nicolas Maduro. “We will resolve this in 72 hours (…) We will provide her with a plane to go, but we are going to put our affairs in order with the European Union ”, he continued. Venezuela has suspended commercial flights due to the new coronavirus pandemic.
The EU sanctioned eleven Venezuelan officials involved in actions against opposition to the government of Nicolas Maduro, including Luis Parra, who tried to replace Juan Guaido in May as president on Monday.
Juan Guaido is recognized as interim president of Venezuela by around fifty countries. “The alleged election of Luis Parra was not legitimate because it did not respect legal procedures and democratic constitutional principles”said the European Union.
Venezuela was the first Latin American country to be subject to EU sanctions in 2017.