In its foreign travel advisory issued Thursday, the U.S. State Department warned American visitors against traveling to Venezuela and ordered family members of U.S. government employees at its embassy in Caracas to leave the country. It also offered assistance for those employees wanting to leave before the country’s crucial and controversial election on Sunday. The order and warnings were due to “social unrest, violent crime and pervasive food and medicine shortages” in the country.
Sunday’s vote could be crucial for the direction of the country run by Marxist Nicolas Maduro. Already rumors of vote fraud are suggesting that Maduro’s attempt to create a new 545-seat “Constituent Assembly” will succeed, with new powers not only to override the country’s existing legislature but also to write a new constitution that would be able to grant dictatorial powers to Maduro.
When Maduro’s opposition won a majority in…
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