CARACAS – Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido’s top diplomat said on Saturday that he would ask the United States to extend sanctions against governors and mayors who support the embattled regime of incumbent Nicolas Maduro in the South American country.
Julio Borges wrote on Twitter that the US needed to impose sanctions against Maduro’s aides as well the supporters of his regime because they are allegedly involved in “political persecution” and “human rights violation” of politicians and the people of Venezuela.
However, Borges, Guaido’s foreign relations commissioner, did not specify any names he wants to be sanctioned.
Guaido assumed in January a rival presidency in Venezuela, alleging that Maduro’s 2018 re-election was illegitimate, and is seeking international actions to oust the president.
Guaido is recognized as interim president by more than 50 countries, including the US.
He had previously asked the US and Europe for sanctions against officials of Maduro’s regime, alleging that they were responsible for serious economic, political and social crises in Venezuela.
Washington has already imposed sanctions against some of Maduro’s aides, family members, governors and members of institutions such as the top court and the election council.
President Donald Trump’s administration has also restricted the Venezuelan oil and gold trade.
The US is carrying out a harsh sanctions campaign aimed at further strangling Venezuela, where, according to the US Agency for International Development, hyperinflation and shortages of basic goods have prompted around four million people to leave the country over the past five years.