In response to the Venezuelan military's blocking opposition leader Juan Guaidó from entering the National Assembly building earlier in the month, the US Departments of State and Treasury announced on January 13, 2020, sanctions against seven current or former officials of the Maduro regime.

The sanctioned individuals include Luis Parra, a longtime ally of Maduro who took advantage of the blockade to name himself the new head of congress. The sanctions, the latest US action to target the Maduro regime, freeze any assets held by the seven lawmakers in the US and prevent them from engaging in business with US companies. The sanctions come a year after the US recognized Guaidó as the legitimate president of Venezuela.

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