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Venezuelan Opposition Announces Plan to Oust Maduro, Faces Constitutional Roadblocks

Caption: MUD press conference announcing their “roadmap for change”. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

Venezuela’s right-wing opposition coalition unveiled on Tuesday its “roadmap” for ousting President Nicolas Maduro, which may, however, face difficult constitutional hurdles. An opposition delegation to Chile came under fire from Communist legislator and ex-student leader Camila Vallejo.

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Social Movements Decry Conflict of Interest, as Amnesty Law Passed in First Discussion

The legislation would set free many of those who participated in the 2014 guarimbas (archive).

Venezuela’s opposition-majority National Assembly approved the controversial Amnesty and National Reconciliation Law in first discussion yesterday, which could exonerate dozens convicted of various crimes over the last seventeen years, including those responsible for 2014’s violent anti-government protests known as the guarimbas. 

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From Violent Barricades in 2014 to Official Right-Wing: Venezuela's Opposition

The effects of the barricades in 2014 (Aporrea).

From the 2014 violence to legislative majority, Venezuela's right-wing may change its face, but not its goal.

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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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Ten Proposals for Chavismo in the Face of Our Defeat

Luis Britto Garcia is a renowned Venezuelan writer, political analyst and playwright. (VTV)

Venezuelan political analyst, playwright and author, Luis Britto Garcia, offers an analysis of what the legislative elections results mean for Chavismo and what can be done to move beyond the crisis. 

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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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George Azariah-Moreno: A Democratic Revolution Under Siege Faces Electoral Showdown

(AVN)

Ahead of Sunday’s hotly contested Venezuelan parliamentary elections, VA talked with George Azariah-Moreno, a political anthropologist and former advisor to the country’s National Electoral Council (CNE) on the Organization of American States’ (OAS) allegations of fraud, the disqualification of dissident chavista party Marea Socialista from running, Venezuela’s evolving electoral landscape, as well as possible scenarios for Sunday’s vote. 

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Venezuela’s Electoral System is Being Unfairly Maligned

(Aporrea)

Venezuela might be experiencing rising discontent fueled by economic woes, violence and corruption, but Caracas hasn’t had trouble holding clean and transparent elections. Contrary to what the OAS might say.  

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Hooded Assailants Raid State Electric Facility in Venezuela’s Tachira State

Numerous vehicles were set on fire during the attack, while others were stoned. (@Tachira_Segura)

According to Ramon Cabeza, the director of Civil Safety in Venezuela’s Tachira state, “80 hooded youths jumped the security fence [and] threw molotov cocktails,” leaving 20 workers’ vehicles and one service vehicle severely damaged.

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New Poll: 52% of Venezuelans Say Opposition Lacks Plan for the Nation

The logo of the main Venezuelan opposition coalition, the Roundtable of Democratic Unity. (MUD)

A new study by the independent, Caracas-based polling firm Hinterlaces has determined that 52% of Venezuelans believe the anti-chavista opposition has no "plan for the nation."

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