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Venezuela’s CNE Rejects US “Concerns” over Impartiality of Recall Referendum

Venezuela's National Electoral Council. (Archive)

Venezuela's electoral authority urged the US to “abstain from expressing opinions” about Venezuelan democracy Friday after the latter criticized the body’s decision to hold a recall referendum next year.

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No Recall Referendum in 2016, Confirms Venezuela’s Electoral Council

The CNE says the recall vote won't happen until first quarter 2017. (AVN)

Venezuela’s electoral authority officially ruled out holding a recall referendum in 2016 on Wednesday, despite months of protests by opposition groups.

 

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Venezuelan Opposition Protests After CNE Postpones Key Referendum Announcement

An anti-government rally in Venezuela earlier Friday. The authenticity of the image has been confirmed by VA. (Ultimas Noticias)

Opposition and pro government rallies broke out across Venezuela Friday, after the country’s electoral authority postponed a key decision on a long awaited recall referendum.

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Venezuelan Authorities Make Arrests Linked to Destabilization Plots

Person in Venezuelan Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin) uniform. (Es/Nacionales)

Venezuelan authorities made major arrests of individuals with paramilitary ties, who were also linked to planned opposition violence associated with last week's September 1st mobilizations.

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Bolivarian Government Issues Arrest Warrant for Opposition Leader

Lestor Toledo, opposition leader with the Popular Will (VP) party in Zulia state (RunRun).

The Venezuelan government issued an arrest warrant this week against Lester Toledo for allegedly “financing terrorism” ahead of September 1st opposition marches.

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Paramilitaries and Polar Workers with Fake Weapons Arrested Ahead of Opposition March

Minister Néstor Reverol Torres speaks before the media after the arrest of 90 paramilitaries this week in Caracas (MPPRIJP/Osca

The Ministry of Domestic Affairs, Justice and Peace confirmed the arrest of 90 people linked to paramilitary groups in Venezuela, as concerns grow before September 1st opposition demonstrations.

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Venezuela Election Body: Recall Referendum Will Be in 2017

CNE President Tibisay Lucena. (EFE)

If the opposition meets all of the requirements, a recall referendum could be held early next year. 

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Venezuelan Supreme Court Blocks Swearing-In of Amazonas Legislators

Venezuela’s Supreme Court blocked the swearing-in of three legislators from Amazonas state. (TSJ)

Venezuela’s Supreme Court (TSJ) declared unconstitutional Monday a move by the opposition-led National Assembly to swear-in three lawmakers from Amazonas state, citing ongoing investigations into voter fraud.

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CNE Clears Opposition to Request Recall Referendum in Venezuela

CNE President Tibisay Lucena indicated that the MUD has met the requirements necessary to formally begin the recall referendum p

The MUD is now authorized to submit a written request to the CNE’s regional offices for a recall, at which time the electoral body will be obliged to announce a three-day window for the opposition coalition to collect signatures from 20% of the electorate necessary to trigger the referendum.

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Venezuela's Justice Minister Accuses Detained US Citizen of Paramilitary Ties

Joshua Holt with then fiancee, Thamara Belen Caleño Candelo (noticierodigital).

Gustavo González López confirmed that US citizen Joshua Holt was in possession of high calibre weapons and had links to “political organisations” in Venezuela.

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Pablo Iglesias Slams Venezuelan Parliament’s PODEMOS Probe as “Ridiculous”

Podemos Secretary Pablo Iglesias has branded the international probe “ridiculous”. (Telesur).

The leftist Spanish politician said that Venezuelan opposition parties do not have the authority to investigate his party. 

 

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The Real Reasons Behind Borges' Bloody Nose

Julio Borges with riot helmet accompanied by bodyguards. (Screenshot from Tvs Pueblo video/Aporrea)

The Venezuelan government repudiated an attack on opposition lawmaker Julio Borges after protesters stormed the CNE Thursday. 

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Capriles Blasts MUD for Refusing to Back Fresh Anti-Government Protests

Venezuelan opposition leader and Governor of Miranda state Henrique Capriles speaks during an interview with Reuters in Caracas,

Miranda Governor Henrique Capriles lashed out at fellow leaders of the right-wing opposition coalition Tuesday after the latter failed to back calls for renewed anti-government protests this week.

 

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Two Opposition Police Officers Arrested in Connection to Army General Murder

Venezuelan Interior Minister Gustavo Gonzalez Lopez, who appears in this file photo, indicated the killing of Felix Velasquez wa

Two police officers from the opposition-controlled municipality of Chacao were charged with the crime. 

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OAS Secretary General Invokes Venezuela with Democratic Charter

OAS Secretary General Luis Almargo released an official statement on Tuesday applying the Democratic Charter against Venezuela (

The Secretary General has called an immediate gathering of the permanent council to assess Venezuela’s current “institutional crisis”.

 

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