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US imposes sanctions on Venezuelan officials

The US government on Wednesday introduced sanctions on 13 senior officials in Venezuela, as the country's opposition protested against President Maduro's government. 

The vice president for the state oil company, army chiefs, police chiefs and the national director of elections were all targetted in the new wave of sanctions. 

The sanctions came ahead of a vote on Sunday for a Constituent Assembly that has been opposed by opposition parties who say it will consolidate the president's dictatorship. 

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