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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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Venezuelan Opposition Accepts Supreme Court Ruling, Introduces Law Privatizing Housing Mission

Venezuela's National Assembly. (Archive)

Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly agreed Tuesday to recognize a Supreme Court (TSJ) ruling temporarily suspending four representatives from Amazonas state pending investigation into alleged electoral irregularities. Opposition legislators also introduced a law to privatize the country's Great Venezuelan Housing Mission. 

 

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OAS's Almagro Threatens to Apply Democratic Charter against Venezuela

OAS General-Secretary Luis Almagro. (archive)

Organization of American States (OAS) General-Secretary Luis Almagro has demanded that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro reverse a recent Supreme Court ruling suspending four legislators from Amazonas state over alleged voting irregularities.

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Maduro Appoints New Ministers and Vice-President in Cabinet Shakeup

Maduro swears in new ministers on Wednesday. (Prensa Presidencial)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro unveiled changes to his cabinet on Wednesday, which include a new vice-president as well as a mix of old and new faces in top executive positions.

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Venezuela’s Socialists Walk Out after Incoming Opposition Legislators Violate Procedures

Newly elected legislators have been sworn in. (Photo: teleSUR)

Venezuela’s National Assembly for the 2016-2021 term was sworn in today at 11 AM, in a ceremony that marked a new political era for the legislative body. Two-thirds of the incoming legislators belong to the country’s rightwing opposition.

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Venezuelan Opposition Elects Henry Ramos Allup to Lead National Assembly Ahead of Swearing-In Ceremony

From left to right: Henry Ramos Allup, Jesús Torrealba, Julio Borges. (Photo: Henry Delgado, El Nacional)

On Sunday, two days before the Venezuelan parliament was due to be sworn in, the opposition held elections to choose the next president of the National Assembly, which will see a significant power shift today after the opposition takes nearly two-thirds of the house seats.

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President Maduro Signs Several Laws Before Decree Powers Expire

Maduro signed the laws just days before the decree powers granted to him by the National Assembly early in 2015 were set to expi

The new laws include increased tax for big business, as well as the creation of mixed government-private sector businsses in gold mining. The president also decreed protection for workers' until 2018.

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Venezuelan National Assembly Approves New Supreme Court Magistrates and Historic Grassroots Seed Law

Venezuela's National Assembly. (archive)

This Wednesday, Venezuela’s outgoing National Assembly approved 13 judges to the Supreme Court and passed the long-awaited “Anti-GMO and Anti-Patenting Seed Law”. 

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Maduro Calls for Investigation of Blank Votes as Video Shows Opposition Mayor Handing Out Cash

Maracaibo Mayor Eveling Trejo hands out cash to an unidentified group of people (Últimas Notiicas)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced on Tuesday that authorities are opening an investigation into the nearly one and a half million blank votes cast in this month’s parliamentary elections which saw a trouncing defeat for the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). The PSUV has, for its part, solicited an investigation into allegations of vote buying following the release reported evidence of opposition leaders engaging in vote buying on election day.

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Venezuelan Communist Party & Trade Unions Ask President to Pass Workers’ Councils Law

Communist Party leader Pedro Eusse has confirmed that the Communist Party of Venezuela will ask Maduro to pass the Law of Worker

Venezuela’s Communist Party  (PCV) and trade unions have asked the country’s president Nicolas Maduro to approve a law for workers’ control before January 5th, when new rightwing legislators will take majority control over the Venezuelan National Assembly.

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Maduro asks Cabinet to Resign, Plans Restructuring in Face of Electoral Defeat

In Contact with Maduro (VTV)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced today several steps to “protect the achievements of the revolution” in light of the 2/3 majority secured yesterday by the country's opposition, including a full cabinet shakeup.

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Venezuelan Opposition Gains 2/3 Super Majority in National Assembly Elections

Final results displayed on the CNE webpage (screenshot).

Venezuela's National Electoral Council (CNE) has published the final results of the Dec 6 electoral race for the National Assembly. The opposition holds a super majority of 112 seats, including three indigenous seats, of the 167-seat legislative body.

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