January 13, 2020 / 7:23 PM / a month ago

Venezuela's Parra rejects U.S. sanctions against legislators - statement

FILE PHOTO: Lawmaker Luis Parra speaks during a swearing-in ceremony at Venezuela's National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela January 5, 2020. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan government-backed lawmaker Luis Parra on Monday rejected U.S. sanctions against himself and six allies who this month were declared the new leaders of congress after troops blocked opposition legislators from entering parliament.

Reporting by Brian Ellsworth

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