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Opposition’s Capriles Wants “Padlock” Law to Halt International Oil Treaties

Capriles proposes eliminating the government’s current international oil policy (Reuters).

Twice presidential candidate for the Venezuelan opposition Henrique Capriles Radonski has revealed that he has proposed a “padlock” law to the incoming opposition parliamentary bloc in the National Assembly. The legislation would prevent the government from negotiating further international oil treaties with other countries. 

 

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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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Venezuela's Maduro Launches Sexual Diversity Council

Activist groups argued sexual diversity rights should be a key priority of Venezuela's socialists. (Prensa Presidencial)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro inagurated a new Presidential Council of Sexual Diversity in order to advance the rights of LGBT people and promised to pass a law against discrimination based on sexual orientation. 

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US to Accuse Head of Venezuelan Military of Drug Trafficking

Nestor Reverol, the then-Director of the National Drug Office (ONA), talks to the media during a meeting in Caracas, January 11,

According to multiple reports, US prosecutors are preparing to unveil drug trafficking charges against Nestor Reverol, the head of Venezuela’s National Guard.

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Outgoing National Assembly Creates “National Communal Parliament”

The parliament will work to channel the voices of the commune movement into the Venezuelan legislature (UltimasNoticias)

Outgoing President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, created a “National Communal Parliament” this past Tuesday. The parliament will work to promote communal power within the Venezuelan legislature.

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Venezuela Pledges to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 20% at Paris COP21

Venezuela’s chief envoy to the COP21, Claudia Salerno, address the COP (entornointeligente).

Venezuela also called on countries in the global North to take historic responsibility for their role in climate change. The country’s chief envoy, Claudia Salerno, was also invited to write the preamble to the COP21 climate change treaty.

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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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Catholic Church Backs Opposition on Approval of Controversial Amnesty Law

Cardinal Urosa Sabino has backed the MUD over its proposed amnesty law (Aporrea)

The Catholic Church in Venezuela has waded into the controversial debate on the opposition’s electoral promise to pass an “Amnesty Law” on gaining a two-third majority in the country’s parliament.  

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Venezuela’s Maduro: Military Personnel Working in Public Administration will Return to Barracks

President Maduro (middle) with Vicepresident Arreaza (left of Maduro) and Minister of Defense Padrino Lopez (right to Maduro) du

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has revealed that members of the FANB (the Bolivarian National Armed Forces) currently working in public administration positions will be required to leave their posts and return to military lines.

 

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Maduro Meets with Thousands in People’s Street Parliament, Calls for "Self-Critical Revolutionary Debate"

President Nicolas Maduro outside Miraflores palace. (Prensa Miraflores)

Thousands accompanied President Nicolas Maduro yesterday in a people's street parliament organized outside Miraflores palace in response the crushing defeat suffered by the socialist government in legislative elections Sunday.

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US Unable to Supply Caribbean if PetroCaribe Ends, Admits Success of Venezuelan Program

US Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Washington warned Caribbean nations Wednesday that the United States would be unable to supply them with oil in the event that that Venezuela’s newly elected opposition-controlled parliament cuts off the flow of subsidized petroleum under the PetroCaribe program. 

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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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After Venezuelan Elections, Maduro Calls for 'Debate, Consultation, Action'

Maduro met with his governors and ministers this Monday to come up with an urgent plan of action, following the revolution'

Maduro has spoken on public television and called for strategies to unite and strengthen the Bolivarian movement.

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Venezuelan Opposition Sweeps Parliamentary Elections

President of the CNE, Tibisay Lucena (EFE/Fabiola Ferrero)

In the early hours of this Monday morning, Tibisay Lucena, the President of the CNE, congratulated the Venezuelan people on its impressive “demonstration of civility” before announcing that the Venezuelan opposition coalition, the Roundtable of Democratic Unity (MUD), had swept to victory in the Venezuelan legislative elections.

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