Many human rights groups considered him a political prisoner.
Ledezma was placed under house arrest in 2015 after being imprisoned on charges of leading an alleged coup against Maduro.
President Nicolas Maduro brushed off new US sanctions on him and condemnation at home and overseas of the newly chosen constitutional assembly, saying the vote has given him a popular mandate to radically overhaul Venezuela's political system.
They were being "unjustly" held by the Venezuelan government after its "outrageous seizure of power through a sham election" over the weekend, said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
He said he had no intention of deviating from his plans to rewrite the constitution and go after a string of enemies, from independent Venezuelan news channels to gunmen he claimed were sent by neighbouring Colombia to disrupt the vote as part of an worldwide conspiracy led by the man he calls "Emperor Donald Trump".
Sir Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat leader, told the Times: "I think a lot of British people would be reassured if the leadership of the Labour Party made it clear that they had ended their infatuation with the Venezuelan regime".
The biggest threat for Maduro and his allies is the imposition of US sanctions over the election.
The Trump administration already levied sanctions on two dozen current and former government officials since taking office, but the strategy so far has failed to alter Maduro's iron-fisted rule.
"The Maduro government's campaign of repression is unacceptable". For now, the Trump administration has not delivered on threats to sanction Venezuela's oil industry, which could undermine Maduro's government but raise US gas prices and deepen the humanitarian crisis here.Читайте также: Woman contracts 'traumatising' infection using dirty makeup brush
The move comes just two days after a controversial vote for a constitutional assembly saw violence on the streets, with at least 10 people killed.
He later supported a parliamentary motion which congratulated Mr Maduro on his election as president via "transparent and fair" elections, and called for closer ties between Venezuela and the UK.
An exit poll based on surveys from 110 voting centres by NY investment bank Torino Capital and a Venezuela public opinion company estimated 3.6 million people voted, or about 18.5 per cent of registered voters.
But the opposition accused the president of trying to rewrite the constitution in order to maximise his power and sideline the opposition-controlled legislature.
Maduro has said the new assembly will begin to govern within a week.
Sociologist and academic Jose Antonio Egido dismissed allegations by Venezuela's conservative opposition and its worldwide allies that the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela will simply use the 545-member ANC to consolidate its power.
American officials had hinted initial US sanctions could affect Venezuela's oil industry, but later they said the Trump administration was holding off due to possible complications, including some involving subsidiaries.
However, old allies Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua and Russian Federation stood by Maduro, who shrugged off mass protests and a previous round of U.S. sanctions on some of his officials to see through the election.
Opposition parties had refused to take part in the vote and Mr Lopez and Mr Ledezma had called for protests against it, but officials claimed a turnout of more than eight million. Actions targeting Venezuelan oil would likely heap more damage onto an economy already suffering from a deep recession, food shortages and the world's highest inflation rate.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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