The opposition-run National Assembly appointed the 15-member Citgo board early this year after Guaido declared presidential powers, arguing that Maduro's re-election was illegitimate. Maduro maintains power with backing from the military and allies such as Cuba, Russia and China.
A total of 154 Republicans have voted against the measure, denying it the support of two-thirds of the chamber's 435 voting members, a benchmark required for legislation considered under a procedure used to quickly pass non-controversial bills and known as ``suspension of the rules.''
President Nicolás Maduro accused the United States of orchestrating that power failure. “The electrical war announced and directed by the imperialist United States against our people will be defeated,” he said on Twitter.
Special Action Forces described by witnesses as “death squads” killed 5,287 people in 2018 and another 1,569 by mid-May of this year, in what are officially termed by the Venezuelan government “Operations for the Liberation of the People,” U.N. investigators reported.
Venezuelans lodged some 18,400 asylum applications from January through May, roughly twice as many as during the same period in 2018, making them the nationality with the second highest number of applications in Europe after Syrians.
This week about 200 migrants, the vast majority Venezuelans, were stranded on the border between Peru and Chile trying to enter Chilean territory after a change of regulations in Peru slowed their movement.
Archbishop Roberto Luckert in an open letter published on Facebook on Tuesday said the sinking of a boat carrying Venezuelan migrants to Trinidad and Tobago in April showed the dire consequences of trafficking.
Faced with the uncertainty of when it might return, and whether it would be enough, families in Venezuela are conserving as much as water as they can take from rivers or buy at shops. They are bathing, washing clothes and dishes and cooking with just a few liters a day.