Venezuelan president expels three US diplomats




                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


                Earlier this month, Maduro blamed the opposition for

causing a major power breakdown that affected much of the


                "The actions of the government of Barack Obama do not

matter," Maduro said, accusing the US president of fomenting


                "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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