Maduro eyes re-election as Venezuela fires starting gun for presidential vote

EU heaps sanctions on Venezuela as isolation grows

EU heaps sanctions on Venezuela as isolation grows

And President Nicolas Maduro said he will seek a second term.

The U.S. State Department has rejected a call by Venezuela's ruling party to hold early presidential elections.

Under Maduro, the country's money has become almost worthless and prices for consumer products have soared.

Last year, Venezuela witnessed its worst economic crisis when people protested in huge numbers against food shortage, hyperinflation and declining oil production.

Maduro said it would be up to the ruling socialist party to nominate a candidate but that he would throw his hat in the ring should he garner the backing of the revolution.

The European Union announced sanctions against Venezuela Monday, targeting seven senior Maduro administration officials with asset freezes and travel bans.

"If the world wants to apply sanctions, we will apply elections".

Maduro blocked the country's main opposition parties from running in the presidential elections after they boycotted mayoral elections in December.

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"We do not recognise the national constituency assembly".

Should the presidential vote be perceived as fraudulent, further foreign sanctions could be imposed, including by US President Donald Trump who has made opposition to Maduro a prominent feature of his foreign policy.

Maduro, a former bus driver and foreign minister under the former president Hugo Chavez cabinet, took over in 2013 after Chavez died battling cancer.

"Today, tomorrow, the next day: the only real truth is that this government and its ruling clic are abhorred by the vast majority of Venezuelans", tweeted former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, who lost to Maduro by a thin margin in 2013 but is barred from competing in the upcoming race over what he says are trumped-up charges of administrative improbity as a governor.

The EU officials said those sanctioned "are involved in the non-respect of democratic principles or the rule of law as well as in the violation of human rights". If you release right that our people have to decide y go!

In an article for the website Supuesto Negado, sociologist Ociel Lopez concluded after analyzing the results on the three elections held in Venezuela in 2017 that "a coherent opposition with an outsider candidate who channels discontent like the opposition did in 2015 has a big chance of winning the 2018 presidential election".

"All the current oppositional candidates are lightweights with little support and no punch", said Dimitris Pantoulas, a political analyst and electoral expert in Caracas, the capital.

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