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Venezuelan Opposition Submits 1.85M Signatures against Maduro

The Venezuelan opposition handed over 1.8 million signatures in favour of holding a presidential recall referendum this Monday (

Venezuela’s right-wing opposition coalition, the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), turned over 1.8 million signatures in support of a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro to the National Electoral Council (CNE) on Monday.

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Venezuela’s Opposition Collects 1.5 Million Signatures against Maduro

People signing against Maduro on Wednesday morning (Rachael Boothroyd Rojas/Venezuelanalysis).

The rightwing opposition began collecting signatures in support of a recall referendum against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro this Wednesday.

 

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Venezuela’s Maduro Slams as “Null” Parliamentary Motion to Unseat Food Minister

President Maduro blasted the motion by the National Assembly to censor Food Minister Rodolfo Marco Torres. (AFP)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has denounced as “null” a motion by the country’s opposition-controlled parliament to remove the food minister, after the latter failed to show up for a scheduled hearing on food shortages.

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Venezuelan Supreme Court: Amendment Shortening Presidential Term Not Retroactive

Venezuela’s Supreme Court (archive)

Venezuela’s Supreme Court ruled Monday that an opposition-proposed constitutional amendment reducing the presidential term from six to four years will not apply to the current president, Nicolas Maduro.

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Two Rival Marches Held in Caracas on Anniversary of Venezuela’s First Republic

The opposition rally (Alex Urbina/Sumarium)

Pro-government and opposition marches were held in Caracas this Tuesday, on the 206th anniversary of the founding of Venezuela’s First Republic.

 

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Venezuelan Opposition Rejects Truth Commission Despite Presence of UNASUR, Ex-Presidents

National Assembly President Henry Ramos Allup. (Archive)

Venezuela’s right-wing opposition coalition announced Tuesday it will not participate in the new Truth Commission established by the national government to investigate 2014’s violent anti-government protests known as the guarimbas.

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Venezuela's Supreme Court Strikes Down Amnesty Law as Maduro Convenes Truth Commission

An anti-government protester during the 2014 protests in Venezuela. (EFE)

The Venezuelan Supreme Court (TSJ) unanimously ruled on Monday that a controversial amnesty law passed by the country's opposition-controlled parliament is unconstitutional. 

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Parliament Approves Contentious Amnesty Law, Potential Reforms to Supreme Court

Convicts jailed for carrying out the 2014 violent barricades will benefit from the law. (archives)

Opposition lawmakers approved legislation that could set free scores of violent anti-government hardliners over the coming months, despite substantial opposition. 

 

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Two Venezuelan Police Killed in Tachira Protest, Suspects Charged

Nicolle Melisa Pérez Soler (left) and Armando Otos Marqués Molina (right). (Courtesy)

Two Venezuelan police personnel were killed this Tuesday after a protest in a Tachira university turned deadly. Two suspects have been arrested and charged with the murders.

 

 

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Venezuela Slams Argentine TeleSUR Pullout amid International Outcry

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro together with an opposition lawmaker and a score of internationally-renowned intellectuals have condemned Argentina’s decision to withdraw from teleSUR on Sunday.

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Venezuelan Opposition Announces Plan to Oust Maduro, Faces Constitutional Roadblocks

Caption: MUD press conference announcing their “roadmap for change”. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

Venezuela’s right-wing opposition coalition unveiled on Tuesday its “roadmap” for ousting President Nicolas Maduro, which may, however, face difficult constitutional hurdles. An opposition delegation to Chile came under fire from Communist legislator and ex-student leader Camila Vallejo.

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Venezuela to Investigate Alleged Massacre of 28 Miners in Bolivar State

Tumeremo residents and family members of the disappeared miners blockade the principal road, demanding that the authorities reco

Venezuela’s public prosecutor and ombudsman’s office opened investigations Monday into the disappearance of 28 miners in southeastern Bolivar state following allegations by local residents of a possible massacre.

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Venezuelan Parliament Passes “National Production Law” in First Discussion

Venezuela’s National Assembly has been under the majority control of rightwing coalition, the Democratic Roundtable Unity, sin

Venezuela’s leftist government opposes the law, saying that it will privatise state-owned corporations. 

 

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Social Movements Decry Conflict of Interest, as Amnesty Law Passed in First Discussion

The legislation would set free many of those who participated in the 2014 guarimbas (archive).

Venezuela’s opposition-majority National Assembly approved the controversial Amnesty and National Reconciliation Law in first discussion yesterday, which could exonerate dozens convicted of various crimes over the last seventeen years, including those responsible for 2014’s violent anti-government protests known as the guarimbas. 

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Lilian Tintori Criticises Venezuelan Human Rights Record in Mexican Senate

Lilian Tintori in the Mexican senate (El Universal)

Lilian Tintori, the wife of jailed rightwing political leader Leopoldo Lopez shot to the centre of a diplomatic foray this week, after publicly slandering the Venezuelan government’s human rights record in Mexico. 

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