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National Assembly Pushes Ahead with Amnesty Law

Members of the MUD opposition coalition, including Leopoldo Lopez's wife Lilian Tintori, demand amnesty from the National A

On Thursday Venezuela’s opposition controlled National Assembly officially accepted a proposal to pass an Amnesty Law that could lead to the release of tens of violent opposition protesters currently in jail. 

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Top State Food Functionaries Arrested for Embezzlement

The three officials are currently being held in the Venezuelan intelligence services (SEBIN) headquarters in Caracas (VTV).

Three top officials in key Venezuelan state food corporations have been arrested for embezzling millions of bolivars after it emerged that they had been illegally selling subsidised goods to private sector restaurants, bakeries and supermarkets for huge personal profit.

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Venezuela Assumes Rotary Presidency of UN Security Council

Venezuela's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Rafael Ramirez (Carlos Garcia / Reuters)

The Latin American country has pledged to work towards facilitating a peaceful settlement of the Syria conflict.

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Venezuelans Protest Privatisation of Social Housing as Parliament Approves in First Discussion

The march set out from Plaza Morelo in Bellas Artes and headed for the city centre (Jonas Holldack, Venezuelanalysis).

Venezuelan housing rights groups took to the streets of Caracas on Thursday to reject the political opposition’s plans to privatise social housing. Parliament also approved the proposed privatisation law in first discussion. 

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Venezuelan National Assembly to Investigate Expropriated Land, Communes Threatened

State-owned Agropatria. (Aporrea)

After passing a motion by majority vote on Tuesday, Venezuela’s National Assembly will launch an inquiry into the expropriations of privately owned land and enterprises spearheaded by the socialist government in past years.

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Venezuelan National Assembly Declares National Health Emergency

Medicine shortages have been affecting Venezuela since 2014 (VTV)

On Tuesday Venezuela’s opposition-controlled parliament declared a national emergency in healthcare due to “grave scarcity of medicines and medical supplies, and the deterioration of humanitarian infrastructure.”

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CELAC Meeting: Latin American and Caribbean Heads of State Meet in Quito

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff waves next to Ecuador's President Rafael Correa ahead of the CELAC head of states me

Twenty-two presidents from around Latin America and the Caribbean are descending on Quito, Ecuador, this Wednesday to discuss regional issues and strengthen Latin American unity and sovereignty in decision making.

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Urban Agriculture Minister Vacates Post after Just Two Weeks

Emma Ortega was a well respected campesina activist and agronomist (AVN)

Grassroots Chavistas have taken to social media to express their discontent after the Urban Agriculture Minister, Emma Ortega, inexplicably left her cabinet position just two weeks after having been nominated by Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro. 

 

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Venezuelan Parliament Blocks Emergency Economic Decree

Venezuela’s National Assembly. (AFP)

Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly rejected Friday an emergency economic decree that would have granted President Nicolas Maduro special powers to confront the country’s worsening economic crisis.

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Venezuela Denies Strip Search Allegations by Lilian Tintori, Rejects Paraguayan Interference

Lilian Tintori (archives)

The Venezuelan government has rejected allegations by Lilian Tintori that she was strip searched during a visit to her husband, jailed right-wing politician Leopoldo López at Ramo Verde prison.

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Maduro Creates National Council for Productive Economy

The National Council for Productive Economy. (AVN)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Tuesday the creation of the National Council for Productive Economy, a diverse body composed of ministers, private business leaders, governors, mayors, academics, and grassroots representatives tasked with finding solutions to the country’s deepening economic crisis.

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Prominent Chavista Journalist Assassinated in Caracas

Ricardo Duran (archives- El Universal)

Journalist Ricardo Duran, official Press Secretary for Venezuela’s socialist government, was shot dead in the early hours of Wednesday morning while arriving at his Caracas home.

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Venezuelan Central Bank Releases Inflation Data after Year-Long Gap

Accumulated inflation rates for 2014 and 2015. (Venezuelan Central Bank)

The Venezuelan Central Bank has released data relating to the country’s debt and accumulated inflation rates after keeping the numbers under wraps since December 2014, on the grounds that the country is at war.

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Venezuela Faces its Worst Drought in 47 Years

Ecosocialism and Water Minister Ernesto Paiva explains the effects of climactic phenomenon El Niño in Venezuela. (Photo: Hector

For the first time since 1969 Venezuela has seen three consecutive years of drought, bringing nearly all primary reservoirs across the country to critically low levels.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Delivers 2016 State of the Union Address

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In his speech, Maduro derided Venezuela’s private sector for neglecting to invest in national industry and waging a “speculative” war against the country’s economy. He also pledged to continue his governments socialist agenda into 2016 - despite an opposition controlled legislature.

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