Venezuela opposition-led congress authorizes payment on PDVSA 2020 bond

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The vice president also said the USA would immediately lift sanctions on Gen. Manuel Figuera, the head of the feared SEBIN intelligence agency, who broke ranks with the Maduro government during a failed uprising last week and has since disappeared.

The court said it asked Attorney General Tarek Saab to handle the "criminal investigation" into the opposition legislators for high treason and conspiracy.

The EU-backed International Contact Group on Venezuela said it was essential to avoid escalating tensions in Venezuela, and that a resolution to the political and economic crisis in the country should be pursued via elections.

"Make no mistake, we have a full range of options".

"To those who continue to oppress the good people of Venezuela, know this: All options are on the table", he said.

Shanahan met Tuesday with Columbian Vice President Marta Ramirez at the Pentagon, where they discussed ongoing events in Venezuela, including Maduro's military, the acting secretary said. The Assembly has promised to suspend the immunity of any other lawmakers found to be involved in the short-lived attempt to overthrow Maduro, which triggered two days of rioting and resulted in five deaths.

"On Saturday, I think the protest was fulfilled".

While speaking to BBC on Sunday, Guaido said he's considering asking the USA for military intervention.

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"I told the generals and admirals yesterday: loyalty, I want an active loyalty", Maduro said in a speech to some 5,000 troops that was broadcast nationally on radio and television.

Guaido, who declared himself president in January, was stripped of his parliamentary immunity last month for violating a ban on leaving the country, but Maduro's government has neither charged nor arrested him. Additionally, military action would shatter the precious hemispheric consensus that Maduro must go, and would further embolden enabling nations like Cuba and geopolitical powers like China and Russian Federation that immorally back the Maduro regime.

In an interview with the BBC, self-proclaimed Venezuelan leader Juan Guaido stated that it is "responsible to evaluate" the possibility of worldwide intervention when he was asked if he would welcome U.S. military intervention.

Foreign banks froze Venezuela's accounts and money transfers.

Mr Guaido said Venezuela's Constitution allowed him to do so after the opposition-controlled but sidelined legislature declared Mr Maduro a usurper over his controversial re-election a year ago.

For now, it's offering aid and ramping up diplomatic pressure.

Although Guaido's attempted uprising failed to immediately dislodge Maduro, it exposed new fissures within the country, the official said.

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