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By Andreina Itriago Acosta / Bloomberg
A top Biden administration official said that the US is concerned by actions that Venezuela’s government has taken against the opposition and civil society a few months after an agreement aimed at fostering a competitive and fair vote in presidential elections later this year.
The administration of President Nicolás Maduro in the new year has escalated pressure against members of the opposition and government critics, citing alleged conspiracies and plots against the regime dating to May 2023. An October accord between the government and the opposition won the government some relief from the US’s “maximum pressure sanctions.”