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Venezuela's National Assembly Declares Supreme Court Unconstitutional

The TSJ has repeatedly struck down legislation from the AN. (TeleSUR)

Venezuela's opposition-led parliament demanded Thursday that three members of the country's Supreme Court step down.

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Venezuelan Parliament Passes New Oil and Mining Laws in First Discussion

Venezuela's National Assembly in downtown Caracas. (archive)

The proposed amendment would reopen Venezuela’s oil servicing sector to private capital, prohibit further expropriations, and mandate the state pay compensation within 180 days. 

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Venezuelan Opposition Sets New Conditions for Dialogue with Government

MUD General Secretary Jesus Torrealba. (Noticias 24)

Among the preconditions is a demand for the inclusion of the Vatican and the OAS as mediators as well as a timetable for the recall referendum to be held this year.

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Venezuela Takes on Pro Tempore Presidency of Mercosur

Venezuela takes on the presidency following Uruguay's recent service in the position (Archive).

Venezuela assumes the economic trade bloc’s presidency despite several other member states’ objection to the lawful transition.

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Venezuela's PSUV Distances Itself From Calls to Dissolve National Assembly

Podemos party leader Didalco Bolivar has called for the GPP to discuss whether to launch a case in the Supreme Court to dissolve

The vice president of Venezuela's ruling socialist party distanced himself Thursday from a campaign led by one of his minor allies for the country's National Assembly (AN) to be dissolved.

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López Rejects Dialogue as CNE Begins Signature Validation Process

Leopoldo Lopez takes part in violent anti-government protests in 2004. (Archive)

The opposition leader dismissed the possibility of dialogue with the government unless a recall referendum is guaranteed.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Opposition Health Law, Declares AN’s May Activities Invalid

Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice building in Caracas (Reuters).

Venezuela’s high court declared an emergency health law approved by the opposition-controlled parliament unconstitutional due to its infringement upon the Executive branch’s powers.

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OAS Makes "Historic" Decision to Review Secretary General for Actions Against Venezuela

Venezuelan Foreign Relations Minister Delcy Rodríguez (Reuters).

The regional body’s permanent council will gather next Tuesday to assess Luis Almagro’s controversial call for immediate intervention in Venezuelan domestic affairs and its suspension from the organization last month. 

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United Nations: Solutions to Venezuela’s Crisis Mustn’t Be Imposed from Outside

N High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein (Courtesy: United Nations).

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, urged Venezuela's government and opposition to find a peaceful, nationally agreed solution to the country’s problems.  

 

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Venezuelan Government Seeks Supreme Court Injunction over Fraudulent Recall Signatures

El Libertador Mayor Jorge Rodriguez. (Globovision)

The head of the presidential commission auditing Venezuela’s recall process, Jorge Rodriguez, petitioned the Supreme Court Monday for a protection order against the opposition following revelations of fraud in signature collection.

 

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Venezuelan Police Raid Headquarters of Dissident Chavista Party

Venezuela's criminal investigation body, the CICPC, raided the offices of Marea Socialista on Friday. (Archive)

Venezuelan police raided the offices of the Trotskyist political organization Marea Socialista (MS) Friday on the orders of a local court.

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CNE Sets Dates to Validate Recall Signatures, Denounces Violence

CNE President Tibisay Lucena. (Archive)

The electoral body confirmed that 10,995 signatures collected by the opposition belonged to dead persons, among 605,727 total irregularities

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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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Maduro Unveils Proposals for Dialogue with Opposition

Maduro presented three proposals to advance the mediation process this week (Prensa Presidencial).

The South American president announced three proposals for the UNASUR mediated talks between his government and the opposition this week.

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European Union Demands Release of “Political Prisoners”

The EU's legislative body met on Wednesday passing a resolution addressing Venezuela's current political and economic

The EU’s parliament passed a resolution this week calling for the immediate release of Venezuela’s political prisoners while further meddling in the South American nation’s domestic economic and political affairs.

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