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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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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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Venezuela's Maduro Urges Supreme Court Overturn Amnesty Law

While the amnesty law has emerged as a priority for MUD legislators, the legislation has been fiercely opposed by Maduro and his

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called on his country's highest court Thursday to strike down a controversial amnesty law already approved by legislators.

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Venezuelan Socialist Politician Slain in 'Vile' Killing

Marco Tulio Carrillo was “shot repeatedly” outside his home in Trujillo Thursday night, according to prosecutors. (@Gonzalez

Venezuelan authorities announced Friday they were investigating the killing of a socialist politician in Trujillo state.

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Tupamaro Deputy Legislator Assassinated by Alleged Paramilitaries

César Vera. (Archive)

Cesar Vera (40) was shot by in Táchira at approximately 8.30pm on Thursday night in what authorities suspect to be a politically motivated assassination. 

 

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5 Plead Guilty in Bribery Scandal at Venezuela's PDVSA

PDVSA is a major source of revenue for the Venezuelan government, which is currently struggling with an economic downturn. (AVN)

At least five people in the United States have now pleaded guilty to charges linked to a bribery scandal centred around Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA, according to reports Wednesday.

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Venezuela's Supreme Court Approves Maduro's Decree Power Extension

The TSJ first approved Maduro's current decree powers in February, after the AN had already sought to veto the measure. (te

Venezuela's highest court approved Thursday an extension to President Nicolas Maduro's decree powers, despite opposition from the country's legislators.

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Pro and Anti-Government Marches Take the Streets of Caracas (+Image Gallery)

Tens of thousands turned out for the Chavista march (AVN - Gregorio Terán)

Rival marches flooded the streets of Caracas on Saturday as Venezuelans voiced their respective support for and opposition to the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

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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’s Maduro Announces String of Emergency Economic Measures

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro addressing the nation. (@PresidencialVen)

The economic initiatives include changes to the country’s multi-tiered exchange rate, a rise in the domestic price of gasoline, the implementation of a new tax system, and placing more power over food distribution in the hands of organised communities.

 

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Venezuela Arrests 55 State Food Employees in Anti-Corruption Raid

SEBIN arrests state employees accused of corruption. (Twitter)

Venezuelan authorities arrested 55 employees of the Abastos Bicentenario state supermarket chain Monday in the initial phase of a new anti-corruption operation aimed at the government-run food distribution network.

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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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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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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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