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    UK Foreign Secretary Says Venezuela on 'Brink of Disaster'

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    UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson criticized the policy of Venezuela's authorities saying that the Latin American country is "on the brink of disaster" citing the situation with the democracy and the National Constituent Assembly election.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Sunday, Venezuela elected the Constituent Assembly, a new legislative body with the power to amend the constitution. The vote was held amid mass protests in the country that have resulted in numerous deaths.

    "Venezuela stands on the brink of disaster and Nicholas Maduro’s government must stop before it is too late. The country is turning on itself – more than 100 have died already – and democracy and basic rights are in jeopardy," Johnson said Monday, as quoted by the UK governmental press service.

    The diplomat added that the Sunday election had "dramatically deepened the problems and ramped up tensions."

    The UK official added that Venezuela's authorities should start working with the country's opposition in order to unite the nation.


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