Statement in the New York Times. Source: TwitterVenezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami published this week in the »New York Times« an open letter to the US Department of the Treasury and US Finance Minister Mnuchin. We reproduce the text of this statement.
Mr. Steven T. Mnuchin, Washington, D.C.
I write to you as a Venezuelan citizen and in my capacity as Executive Vice President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, on the occasion to reply to the issuance of sanctions against me by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) last Tuesday, February 13th.
Millions among you are ready to the turn the page on a political system that has been reduced to impotence and eroded by the powers of finance. Millions among you are angry at policies that are hard on the weakest and easy on the most powerful; angry at discrimination of all kinds; angry at a financial system that destroys everything in our country, from employment to the most precious human relationships.
Cuba's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stressed here the failure of the anti-Cuban provocation enacted by right-wing organizations in the region through a statement issued here.
According to the statement issued yesterday, international media reported in recent weeks the intention by Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, to travel to Havana to receive an award invented by an illegal anti-Cuban group to the extreme rightwing Foundation for Pan-American Democracy.
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With 88.5% of the votes counted, Lenin Moreno, of the governing PAIS Alliance, had a ten point lead over his closest political rival, ex banker Guillermo Lasso, but one point short of the 40% needed to win in the first round of Ecuador''s Sunday presidential elections. The National Electoral Commission reported that Moreno was leading the vote count 39,11% by 28,31% Lasso, leader of the right wing Creating Opportunities Movement, while Cynthia Vireti, of the Social Christian Party, comes third with 16,32%.
According to the Electoral Law, for a hopeful to win in the first round he must get 50% of the vote, or a minimum of 40% with a ten point lead on top of the runner-up.
Mayor Kostas Peletidis with hundreds of antifascists. Photo: KKEA broad current of support for the communist Mayor of Patras, Kostas Peletidis, has developed in the recent period. He was brought to trial on Monday 13th of February, after a lawsuit was filed against him by a former MP of fascist Golden Dawn, with the accusation of misconduct, because he implemented the unanimous decision of the municipal council in 2015 and did not facilitate the activity of this criminal Nazi organization. In the end, the trial of Kostas Peletidis, the mayor of the 4th largest city in Greece, was postponed for the 23rd of February.
Gabriela Rivadeneira at the press conference in Quito. Photo: AndesGabriela Rivadeneira, the head of the Ecuadorean National Assembly, announced Wednesday that she was sent a lethal explosive device in the mail. »Today I received in my office an envelope addressed to me with a CD that turned out to be a medium-range explosive with lethal capability.« According to Rivadeneira, the first female head of the National Assembly and former member of Pachakutik, the device »fortunately did not explode« and is now being investigated by district attorney's office.