US Imposes Sanctions on Venezuelan President Amid Unrest

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Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro celebrates the results of "Constituent Assembly", in Caracas, on July 31, 2017. Deadly violence erupted around the controversial vote, with a candidate to the all-powerful body being elected shot dead and troops firing weapons to clear protesters in Caracas and elsewhere.  (Photo: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States imposed economic sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Monday after a controversial election there put the country "another step toward dictatorship," according to U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley. This marks only the fourth time the U.S. has placed sanctions on a sitting head of state. Violence erupted in Venezuela after Sunday's election established a new legislative body to redraft the constitution, giving President Nicolas Maduro's ruling socialist party virtually unlimited powers. Forum discusses the unrest in Venezuela and the United States' response.