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Venezuela’s Future Uncertain as Opposition Launches Recall Referendum Petition

This table reported to have collected 500 signatures in the first four hours (Rachael Boothroyd Rojas/Venezuelanalysis)

Venezuela’s right-wing opposition coalition has officially launched its signature collection campaign to remove President Nicolas Maduro. 

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Latest Energy Saving Measures Shortens Work Week to Two Days

Vice-President Aristóbulo Istúriz and other government officials visit the Guri Dam. (Vice-President's office)

Venezuela will reduce the public sector work week part of a national effort to address severe drought and energy conditions.

 

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Venezuela Indicts High Level Electricity Official for Cocaine Trafficking

Venezuelan authorities arrested Nava on March 1 and  impounded over 335 kilos of cocaine. (archive)

In an effort to crack down on corruption, the Public Prosecutor's office indicts a former CORPOELEC high level official. 

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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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Venezuela Combats Severe Drought with New Electricity Rationing Plan

El Guri hydroelectric dam, source of 70% of Venezuela’s power. (El Nacional)

Venezuela implemented new electricity saving measures on Monday in response to a severe drought that has sharply limited the generating capacity of the country’s hydroelectric dams.

 

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ICSID Orders Venezuela to Pay $98m to British Vestey Group over Cattle Ranch Nationalization

Vestey’s El Charcote estate in Cojedes, Venezuela. (Chico Sanchez/EPA)

The World Bank’s international arbitration court has ordered the Venezuelan state to pay USD$98 million in compensation to the British meat-producing conglomerate, Vestey Group, over land holdings expropriated in 2005.

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Venezuelan FM Assumes UNASUR Presidency, Warns of Imperialist Threats to Region

Venezuelan FM Delcy Rodriguez with UNASUR General Secretary Ernesto Samper. (teleSUR/Carla Gonzalez)

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez took over the rotating presidency of UNASUR on Saturday, warning of ongoing imperialist threats to regional unity. 

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Venezuelan Conglomerate to Halt Beer Production

Polar supplies 80% of the beer consumed in Venezuela (Reuters).

Venezuela's largest private food company Polar announced it will cease beer production in less than two weeks, alleging inaccessibility to raw materials.  

 

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Venezuela Arrests 2 Over Panama Papers Scandal

 The Panama Papers are a trove of leaked documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, detailing how the firm aided the wo

Venezuelan prosecutors have announced the arrest of two relatives of a former security official named in the Panama Papers.

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Venezuelan Parliament Goes on Offensive to Oust Maduro

Venezuela's opposition controlled National Assembly (AVN)

Venezuela’s opposition-controlled legislature passed a constitutional amendment in first discussion this Wednesday. If approved by popular referendum, the reform will cut short the terms of mayors, governors, and even the current president, triggering presidential elections later this year.

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Venezuelan Oil Minister: US Sabotaged Doha Meeting

Del Pino said that Venezuela would keep working to broker an international oil market stabilisation deal despite Sunday’s outc

Venezuelan Oil Minister Euologio del Pino has accused the US government of deliberately scuppering the efforts of major oil-producing countries to put a cap on global production levels amidst a historic slump in oil prices. 

 

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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 Poised to Reenter Kimberley Process with Eye Towards New Diamond Mining

Venezuela seeks to reenter the Kimberley Process (archive).

Venezuela concluded a week of meetings with representatives of the Kimberley Process on Friday in what has been hailed as the final steps towards the South American country’s recertification as an international producer of non-conflict diamonds.

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Venezuela Sends Rescue Team and Humanitarian Aid to Ecuador

A Venezuelan rescue team poses for a photo as they prepare to board a plane to Ecuador to join rescue efforts after a massive ea

Venezuela became the first country to send humanitarian aid to Ecuador following a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake Saturday evening.

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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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