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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 Supreme Court Suspends Swearing in of 4 Incoming Legislators

The Venezuelan Supreme Court’s ruling temporarily scuppers the opposition’s legislative powers within the National Assembly

Venezuela’s Supreme Court officially suspended the swearing in of four incoming legislators on Tuesday pending investigations of voting irregularities in Amazonas state. 

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Venezuelan Housing Programme Hands Over Millionth Home

Venezuela's Great Housing Mission has built 1 million homes since 2012 (telesur)

Venezuela's "Great Housing Mission" has created one million homes since the housing mission was launched by former President Hugo Chavez in 2011.

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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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Venezuelan Oil Servicing Magnate Arrested in US for Bribery

Roberto Rincon (tradequipsm.com).

Venezuelan oil servicing magnate Roberto Rincon was indicted in US Federal Court Monday on alleged charges of paying bribes to secure contracts with Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA.

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Venezuela Rejects Statement by Argentina's President

Venezuela's Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez (L) attends the Summit of Heads of State of Mercosur, Paraguay, Dec. 21, 2015.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez rebutted claims by Argentine President Mauricio Macri of human rights violations in Venezuela, accusing the newly elected leader of double standards in repressing peaceful protest in his own country.

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Venezuela Granted Cultural Heritage Award by UNESCO

The white fibres of the curagua plant are traditionally used by the indigenous peoples of Monagas to weave hammocks (CorreodelOr

Venezuela’s indigenous curagua weaving tradition has been declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Education, Science, and Culture Organization (UNESCO), which also recognized the Bolivarian Constitution for its commitment to enshrining the sovereign rights of the country’s indigenous peoples.

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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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