Maduro's grip on Venezuela tightens, warns of Trump threat

A voter looks for her voting station on a list outside of a polling station in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. Venezuelans head to the polls...
Presidential guards play with a school's parrot mascot as they wait to cast their ballots at a school serving as a voting center in Caracas, Venezuela...
Voters look at a parrot walking around a school serving as a voting station during local elections in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. The pa...
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro votes during local elections in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. Venezuelans head to the polls Sunday to...
A voter looks for his voting station on a list outside of a polling station in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. Venezuelans head to the polls...
A school's mascot, a parrot, stands on the foot of a presidential guard waiting to cast his ballot during local elections n Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday...
A voter checks for his voting station on a list outside a polling station in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. Venezuelans head to the polls S...

A voter looks for her voting station on a list outside of a polling station in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. Venezuelans head to the polls...

Presidential guards play with a school's parrot mascot as they wait to cast their ballots at a school serving as a voting center in Caracas, Venezuela...

Voters look at a parrot walking around a school serving as a voting station during local elections in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. The pa...

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro votes during local elections in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. Venezuelans head to the polls Sunday to...

A voter looks for his voting station on a list outside of a polling station in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. Venezuelans head to the polls...

A school's mascot, a parrot, stands on the foot of a presidential guard waiting to cast his ballot during local elections n Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday...

A voter checks for his voting station on a list outside a polling station in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. Venezuelans head to the polls S...

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro has further consolidated power in local elections, while accusing President Donald Trump of plotting to overthrow him.

Election officials loyal to Maduro said Sunday night that the majority of 2,500 council seats went to members of his party.

The election came as an economic crisis rocks the once-wealthy oil country after two decades of socialist rule. Tens of thousands of Venezuelans have fled searching for a better life.

Maduro's government banned the most popular opposition parties from elections, while leading figures in the movement are jailed or go into exile fearing for their safety.

After voting, Maduro scoffed at foreign leaders including Trump who label him a dictator.

He said many opposition leaders are waiting for an invasion from by the U.S. without giving details.