Audrey Conklin | Reporter
Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduros government banned opposition leader Juan Guaidó from running for public office for 15 years until 2034 Tuesday.
The announcement, which came from state comptroller and Maduro ally Elvis Amoroso, cited “irregularities” in Guaidós financial records, saying he has not disclosed information regarding funds for his foreign travels. Guaidó responded to the ban by reaffirming that he will continue his campaign against Maduro, the Associated Press reports.
“Were going to continue in the streets,” the opposition leader declared upon learning news of the ban against him.
The ban comes just a day after Guaidós 26-year-old wife, Fabiana Rosales, traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to discuss Venezuelas humanitarian crisis and its relationship with the United States. (RELATED: Pence Says Russian Military Personnel In Venezuela Is An Unwelcome Provocation)
US President Donald Trump meets with Fabiana Rosales de Guaido. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)
Trump first voiced his public support for Guaidó as the official President of Venezuela in a January statement, saying, “I am officially recognizing the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaidó. The people of Venezuela have courageously spoken out against Maduro and his regime and demanded freedom and the rule of law. I will continue to use the full weight of United States economic and diplomatic power to press for the restoration of Venezuelan democracy.”
The Russia-backed Maduro government has repeatedly blamed both the United States and Guaidó for its ongoing nationwide blackouts. (RELATED: When Blaming Trump Fails, Maduro Tries To Pin Venezuela Blackout On Guaidó)
“The electricity war declared and directed by U.S. imperialism against our people will be defeated,” Maduro Read More – Source