Venezuela's high court removes fifth opposition mayor

President Donald Trump accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence speaks to reporters before a security briefing at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster N.J. Pence departs Sunday for Latin America a trip that comes on the

Venezuela's high court removes fifth opposition mayor

The Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs Jorge Arreaza has summoned the ambassadors of the countries that took part in a meeting in Lima.

At the time, Goldman said it invested in the bonds because it believes the situation in the South American nation will improve over time.

In his remarks, the Venezuelan leader asked for a "personal conversation" with Trump when they gather in New York City next month at the United Nations General Assembly.

Sanctions could expand the interests of Cuba, China and Russian Federation in Venezuela's oil business.

On Thursday, Trump said he discussed Venezuela along with North Korea and Afghanistan in a security briefing with top national security aides and Vice-President Mike Pence, who travels to neighbouring Colombia on Sunday in a trip where discussions on how to pressure Maduro is expected to feature prominently. The the top importer of Venezuelan oil, and some officials worry that sanctions could hurt U.S. energy consumers and make life even worse for average Venezuelan citizens, who are experiencing widespread food shortages and the world's highest inflation rate.

But Maduro struck a defiant stance against what he called America's "imperialist aggression", accusing Washington of being involved in an attack on an army base last weekend by uniformed rebels led by two renegade Venezuelan officers.

In another move against officials lending material support to the violent opposition, Venezuela's Supreme Court of Justice called for the arrest of Mayor Ramon Muchacho of Chacao, the wealthiest municipality in Caracas.

The National assembly's claim of a fraudulent elections was bolstered when the CEO of the voting technology company Smartmatic said Wednesday that results of Venezuela's election for the all-powerful constituent assembly were off by at least 1 million votes. Almost 130 people have been killed in clashes between protesters and security forces.

These two very different responses to the convening of the National Constituent assembly demonstrate the divisions and current rudderless nature of the opposition in Venezuela.

The Constituent Assembly on Thursday held its third plenary session with a special convocation attended by Maduro.

Venezuelan President Maduro has declared the constituent assembly the most powerful institution in the country, Deutsche Welle reports.

On Wednesday, after much debate, the coalition said it would contest overdue regional elections in Venezuela's 23 states on December 10, with the aim of holding Maduro to the electoral calendar, which also sees the next presidential election in October 2018.

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