All US diplomats have left Venezuela: Mike Pompeo

26 January 2019 Venezuela Caracas Numerous demonstrators raise their hands in support of the self-proclaimed interim president Guaido at a rally of the opposition in the Venezuelan capital

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The American flag flying outside the U.S. Embassy in the Venezuelan capital is lowered as the last remaining diplomats leave the country. "US diplomats will now continue that mission from other locations where they will continue to help manage the flow of humanitarian assistance to the Venezuelan people and support the democratic actors bravely resisting tyranny". He said staffers look forward to resuming their presence in Venezuela "once the transition to democracy begins".

The Venezuelan National Assembly, dominated by the opposition, has declared a state of alarm over the blackout that the Maduro government blamed on a USA cyber-attack and that plunged the struggling country into darkness and chaos for five days. Venezuela later allowed a skeletal staff to remain at the hilltop U.S. Embassy until Thursday's withdrawal.

Pompeo tweeted earlier this week that the diplomats would be withdrawn because they had become a "constraint" on U.S. policy. The United States and 54 other countries have recognized Guaido Venezuela's interim president.

A convoy was seen leaving the USA embassy in Caracas on Thursday morning and the American flag was no longer flying outside.

Morales is one of a few Latin American leaders to support the embattled Maduro, whose country has been reeling from a humanitarian crisis.

"Soon, I will announce new powerful changes in ways of the national government's work", Maduro said in a speech at the presidential palace in Caracas on Friday, as aired by his Periscope channel.

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That could explain why, instead of dispatching crews to fix the problem, France24 reports that Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro is dispatching prosecutors to find and charge opposition leader Juan Guaido with sabotaging the country's grid system by causing a major explosion at the Guiado dam. Palladino urged any US citizens left in Venezuela to leave.

Power was restored Thursday after a weeklong blackout that Maduro blamed on the United States.

"Since this Monday. we have revoked 340 visas, 107 of which include visas of Maduro's former diplomats and their families", Palladino told reporters.

The Venezuelan government said on Tuesday that some electricity has returned in some areas, Associated Press reports. On 7 March, almost the whole territory of Venezuela was swept by a blackout, caused by what the national electricity supplier Corpoelec called sabotage at a the Guri dam.

Abrams said the same thing on Friday, calling Guaido's backers "many of the most influential democracies in the world".

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