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Right Wing Majority in Venezuela's National Assembly: The Constitutional and Political Stakes

(Huffington Post UK)

An illuminating piece by Dr. Francisco Dominguez on what the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) can and can't do with its two-thirds super majority in the 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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Here’s How the Opposition Got a Two-Thirds Supermajority in Venezuela

(Fernando Llano/AP)

Their supermajority is razor-thin. The MUD claims 112 seats out of 167 — exactly two-thirds. Anything less than perfect unity and the list of powers available to the MUD diminishes considerably. But how did the MUD achieve this landslide win in an electoral environment widely regarded as stacked in favor of the PSUV? A variety of factors were at play, and the MUD caught some remarkable breaks.

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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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Miracles Do Happen: Venezuela Relabeled a Democracy in Wake of Opposition Win

Opposition leaders celebrated their victory in a public announcement before the first CNE bulletin was even released. (Reuters)

Last night, as the results of the December 6th elections were announced, spontaneous parties broke out in the urban centers of Venezuela. Fireworks were launched, horns were honked to no end. Just hours before, the same people were howling via social media to the world about the totalitarian dictatorship imposed by Nicolas Maduro. 

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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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Opposition Candidate’s Alleged Killer Identified as Mafia Member

Oscar de Jesús Noguera Hernández, alias “El Pipi”, prime suspect in the murder of opposition politician and union leader L

Venezuelan authorities have identified a member of the criminal gang “El Maloni” as a prime suspect in last week’s murder of opposition parliamentary candidate and trade union leader Luis Manuel Diaz.

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Washington Seeks Observers That it Can Influence in Venezuela’s Election

(Jorge Silva/Reuters)

"Any government that has been a major U.S. target for regime change for more than a decade would have reason to be wary of OAS observers."

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MUD’s Murky Future in Venezuelan Politics

A campaign photograph of Henrique Capriles seen through a fence. (Photo: Julio César Mesa)

This investigative piece from the Council on Hemispheric Affairs outlines the sources of the divisions within MUD that have transformed it into a splintered opposition coalition plagued by party factionalism. Failure to resurface as a cohesive coalition, the authors argue, may help the current government to retain a majority in the national assembly in this year’s parliamentary elections on December 6.

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New Parliamentarian Candidates Announced in Venezuela Amid Controversy

Ricardo Sanchez once formed part of the opposition party Un Nuevo Tiempo (A New Time), made popular by Maria Corina Machado. (Ph

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced Monday that a former political opponent and two former opposition activists would appear on the ballot of the socialist alliance, the Great Patriotic Pole, for the December 6th National Assembly elections. The move coincides with the controversial barring of the Trotskyiest group Marea Socialista from fielding its own candidate list as well as fresh divisions within the opposition coalition following the expulsion of the Christian Democratic Copei. 

 

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