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Venezuelan president expels three US diplomats

2013-10-01

 

AFP

                Caracas, Oct 1 : Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro
ordered the expulsion of three US diplomats, accusing them of
plotting with the opposition to sabotage the economy and the
power grid.
                Maduro said yesterday he instructed Foreign Minister
Elias Jaua to throw out the diplomats.
                "The officials have 48 hours to leave the country. ...
Yankees go home," the leftist leader said in a public address.
                Maduro named the diplomats but did not disclose which
posts they are holding. A US embassy official contacted by AFP
was unable to confirm if they worked there.
                The president said the diplomats had met with the
"Venezuelan far-right" -- as he calls the opposition -- to
finance his opponents and "encourage actions to sabotage the
power system and the economy."
                Venezuela has endured blackouts for years, and the
government has accused the opposition of plotting outages
before.
                Earlier this month, Maduro blamed the opposition for
causing a major power breakdown that affected much of the
country.
                "The actions of the government of Barack Obama do not
matter," Maduro said, accusing the US president of fomenting
sabotage.
                "We will not allow an imperial government to bring money
and see how they can stop basic companies and stop the
electricity to turn off all of Venezuela."
                Maduro had expelled two US military attaches on March 5,
hours before announcing the death of president Hugo Chavez,
accusing them of promoting "destabilisation projects."
                The United States and Venezuela have been without mutual
ambassadors since 2010, but Washington remains the main buyer
of Venezuelan oil.
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appropriations," the guidance said.
                Shutdown means that national parks will close, most
routine food inspections will be suspended, paperwork will
slow at government offices and many federal employees will be
furloughed. Only emergency and essential items would be able
to operate, as a result of which lakhs of government employees
would not receive their salary for the shutdown duration.
                Earlier, Obama said, "A shutdown will have a very real
economic impact on real people, right away. Past shutdowns
have disrupted the economy significantly. This one would, too.
It would throw a wrench into the gears of our economy at a
time when those gears have gained some traction."

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