Re­trac­tion de­manded

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CARA­CAS: Venezue­lan Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro has de­manded a re­trac­tion from the US gov­ern­ment, af­ter it im­posed sanc­tions on his vice-pres­i­dent for al­leged ties to drug traf­fick­ing.

The des­ig­na­tion bars US in­di­vid­u­als and en­ti­ties from do­ing busi­ness with him, and freezes any prop­erty and as­sets held by him in the US.

Dur­ing El Ais­sami’s term as in­te­rior min­is­ter be­tween 2008 and 2012, he dealt “the big­gest blows ever to drug lords in Venezuela”, Maduro said. A to­tal of 102 drug lords were cap­tured in that time, and 21 wanted by the US were ex­tra­dited, Maduro stated. Xin­hua

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