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Venezuelan military vow support for Maduro

Staff Writer | August 2, 2017
Venezuela's military and cabinet expressed their continued support for President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday, a day after the United States announced sanctions against the president.
Venezuelan military
LatAm   Unconditional support and loyalty
The sanctions were in retaliation for defying the White House by refusing to cancel elections for a National Constituent Assembly (ANC) to rewrite the Constitution.

Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez affirmed that the National Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB) remained loyal to the president.

"The FANB... ratifies its unconditional support and loyalty to our Commander in Chief, and reiterates its historic commitment to defend national sovereignty and independence," Padrino said.

According to the electoral authorities, more than 8 million Venezuelans went to the polls on Sunday to elect the members of the ANC, which is to draft a new "improved" constitution.