Venezuelans head to the polls to elect new president as Maduro seeks another term

Venezuelans head to the polls on Sunday morning to elect a new president. Incumbent Nicolas Maduro of the Socialist Party faces two main challengers: Henri Falcon of the Progressive Advance party, and Javier Bertucci, who is running as an independent. Ahead of the vote, the US criticized the upcoming election as 'fake,' and rushed to support 'democracy' by slapping a top ruling-party member with new sanctions. They also accused Maduro of drug-trade profiteering. Maduro, who himself is subject to US sanctions, repeatedly slammed Washington's punitive measures as part of a broader campaign aimed at overthrowing his government.