Venezuela’s government has responded with anger to a US threat to impose economic sanctions on senior officials. It has called the threat “brutal” and “imperial”.
The measures are aimed at forcing President Nicolas Maduro to abandon a controversial plan to rewrite the constitution. Maduro wants to hold a vote on July 30th for a new assembly.
More than seven million people voted against the proposed changes in an unofficial referendum on Sunday. There are fears it could enshrine one-party rule.
Over the past three months there has been almost daily demonstrations in Venezuela, with anti-and pro-government protesters taking to the streets, which has plunged the country into an economic and political uncertainty.
So can the government solve the biggest crisis in decades – or will it be up to the opposition?
Presenter: Hazem Sika
Phil Gunson – Senior Analyst with the International Crisis Group
Antonio Mora – Political Analyst and Lawyer
Diego Arria – Former Venezuelan Ambassador to the United Nations
Source: Al Jazeera