Second mayor jailed as Maduro addresses new Venezuelan assembly

US Sanctions Eight More Venezuelan Officials, Including Chavez Brother

The Venezuelan Constituent Assembly has ratified Nicolas Maduro as head of state and of the government, as well as the "commander-in-chief of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces" (FANB).

Maduro stated that the assembly held supreme powers over all branches of government, even over his position, and that its work - ostensibly to rewrite the constitution - would return "peace" to the country.

He said he had also given orders, "if it can happen", for a face-to-face to be organized in NY on September 20 when heads of state and government from around the world gather for a UN General Assembly. "Maybe they'll go after our deputies [in the national assembly] now." he said.

Meanwhile, the ruling party's number two has warned that opposition candidates wanting to compete in upcoming elections would need certificates of "good conduct" from a newly installed Constituent Assembly stacked with Maduro loyalists.

The sanctions freeze any assets the individuals may have in the United States and prevent Americans from doing business with the Venezuelans.

The United States has slapped sanctions on Maduro and on several members of the new Constituent Assembly, which was elected last month amid allegations of fraud, deadly protests and an opposition boycott.

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The ban comes as the US considers imposing economic sanctions against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, who is facing mounting global criticism over a crackdown on opponents and moves to consolidate power.

The Supreme Court said on Wednesday, via Facebook, that it had sentenced David Smolansky, of the El Hatillo district of Caracas, to 15 months in prison, fired him from his post and ordered his arrest.

The assembly has also fired the attorney general, Luisa Ortega, who broke ranks to become an outspoken critic of the president.

"These terrorist actions which affected the Movilnet's GSM platform on Wednesday left without communication seven of the state operator's 13 million users", Science and Technology Minister Hugbel Roa said.

Credit Suisse is banning the trading and use of Venezuelan bonds, as the political crisis in the South American country escalates.