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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 Leader Greeted By Enraged Mob at Airport

Henrique Capriles was trapped in a Venezuelan airport for four hours Wednesday night. (Screengrab of Youtube footage uploaded by

Venezuela’s Henrique Capriles has been confronted by angry protesters on Margarita Island, less than a week after he praised locals for giving President Nicolas Maduro a similar welcome.

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Venezuelan Government, Opposition Divided Over March Turnout, Violence

The opposition says as many as 2 million of its supporters rallied in Caracas Thursday, though the government has put turnout at

The Venezuelan government and opposition have issued starkly different accounts of Thursday’s massive rallies in Caracas, amid allegations of violence.

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Colombia Arrests Suspect in Assassination of Venezuelan Tupamaro

File photo of former Venezuelan deputy legislator Cesar Vera, who was killed earlier this year in a suspected paramilitary attac

Colombian authorities say they have arrested an alleged paramilitary fighter accused of assassinating a Venezuelan politician earlier this year.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Names New Ministers in Cabinet Shakeup

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaking on his weekly television program on Tuesday. (AVN)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro appointed on Tuesday new heads for the ministries of Interior, Justice, and Peace, Industry and Commerce, as well as Transport and Public Works.

 

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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 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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