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Colombia leader won't recognise Venezuela's vote

Published:Sunday | July 30, 2017 | 12:17 AM
A poster that shows some of Venezuela's opposition leaders holding a sign with a message that reads in Spanish: "that constituent assembly will not pass" is displayed on a wall near Altamira Square in Caracas, Venezuela last Friday.

 

CARACAS, (AP):

Colombia's president has announced that he will not recognise the results of today's election in Venezuela for a special assembly to rewrite the struggling nation's constitution.

President Juan Manuel Santos said last Friday that the constituent assembly is of "illegitimate origin" and therefore will not be recognised.

Santos said he will continue advocating for a peaceful resolution to Venezuela's nearly four months of political upheaval that has left at least 113 people dead.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is known to level frequent barbs at his Colombian counterpart, casting him as a slave to imperial foreign rule.

Also last Friday Colombia's finance minister told a local radio station that his nation would sanction the same 13 current and former high-level Venezuelan officials cited by the US government earlier in the week.