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.
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.
By John M. Carey - The Washington Post , Dec 14th 2015
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.
By George Azariah-Moreno and Lucas Koerner, Dec 5th 2015
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.
By Lauren Carasik - Al Jazeera English, Dec 1st 2015
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.
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.