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Chavistas Storm National Assembly in Protest at Impeachment Attempt

Angry Chavistas interrupted the National Assembly's parliamentary session on Sunday, after opposition legislators released

Hundreds of Chavistas forced their way into parliament after opposition legislators declared that President Nicolas Maduro had “abandoned the constitutional functions” of his presidency. 

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Venezuelan Authorities Capture Opposition Politician Transporting Military Armaments

Opposition City Councilman Jose Vicente Garcia with confiscated grenades and military vests (Twitter/@VielmaEsTachira)

Venezuelan authorities arrested opposition city councilman Jose Vicente Garcia in San Cristobal Tuesday for alleged possession of grenades and military vests.

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Opposition Must Collect 20% of Recall Referendum Signatures per State

Venezuela’s Supreme Court has waded into the legal debate on the presidential recall referendum. (Archive)

The Venezuelan Supreme Court has ruled that the opposition must collect signatures from 20 percent of voters in each of Venezuela's twenty-four states in order to go forward with a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro. 

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Venezuela’s Maduro Approves 2017 Budget, Deepens Tax Revolution

Maduro signed the budget on Friday after being given the go ahead by Venezuela’s Supreme Court. (Agencias)

73 percent of the budget will be invested in social spending, but the country’s opposition accuses the government of having bypassed constitutional norms to approve it. 


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Venezuela’s Legislature Paralysed by Mass Absenteeism, Say Socialists

The AN has been forced to cancel 24 sessions since January due to MUD absentees, according to socialist legislators. (Archive/Cd

Venezuelan socialist legislators accused Thursday their opposition counterparts of repeatedly failing to turn up to sessions of the National Assembly.

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Venezuelan Opposition Campaigner Arrested on Drug Charges in Russia

An image circulated on social media of David posing with National Assembly head Ramos Allup in Moscow. (via Ciudad CCS)

A prominent organiser for Venezuela’s political opposition has been arrested in Russia on drug charges, according to reports Wednesday.

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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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