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Monday 19 March 2018

Maduro calls for opposition to be probed over Trump threat

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. (AP)
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. (AP)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has asked the pro-government constitutional assembly to investigate the opposition for allegedly supporting Donald Trump's threat of a "military option" to resolve the country's political crisis.

Addressing a pro-government rally, Mr Maduro said that President Trump's remarks were prompted by the failure of the opposition's campaign to oust him after months of destabilising protests that left more than 120 dead and hundreds injured.

Mr Maduro says the truth commission created by the constitutional assembly should investigate opposition leaders as "traitors" for not speaking out clearly against the US president.

The main opposition alliance rejected the use of military threats to resolve Venezuela's crisis.

But a statement on Sunday did not mention President Trump by name and instead accused Mr Maduro of ceding Venezuelan sovereignty and oil wealth to Cuba and other powers.

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