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>> From the US to Brazil to Spain, world leaders on Monday denounced the reelection of Venezuela's President Nicholas Maduro, in a vote critics have called a fraud. The Trump administration taking the lead Monday, announcing it will deepen existing financial sanctions. The US also putting pressure on Venezuela's biggest allies, China and Russia, to stop issuing new loans.
Reuters reporter Luke Cohen is in Caracas.>> Many Venezuelans, particularly within the opposition, are actually hoping that the international community will take greater action. In terms of new sanctions that could really be felt economically here in Venezuela. Because they think that could bring Maduro to his knees and bring him into a position where he would negotiate.
>> Also hollowing out Maduro's thunderous celebration, images of empty voting booths. An electoral board source told Reuters that only 32% of eligible voters cast ballots. Way down from the 80% of the last presidential vote in 2013. As opposition supporters largely heeded a call to boycott the election in which popular opposition candidates were banned from running.
And state handouts were widely used to buy votes.>> We're outside the campaign headquarters of the main opposition candidate in Sunday's election, Henri Falcon. Falcon yesterday called for a new election, saying that the one that took place yesterday was tainted by fraud. But now it's unclear what exactly the options that the opposition has, if it wants to continue to put pressure on Maduro and perhaps see a change in government.
Most state institutions, namely the Electoral Council, the Supreme Court, are controlled by the government. So going through institutional mechanisms to try to seek change would definitely seem challenging.>> Average Venezuelans, exhausted and depressed after months of protests in 2017 that did not bring about any change, are not taking to the streets again.
Many are instead preparing to emigrate as Venezuela becomes increasingly unlivable.