Saturday, October 22, 2016

Venezuela Halts Presidential Recall Effort

DW: Venezuela's opposition plans mass protests after government blocks recall referendum

The aim of the recall was to force President Nicolas Maduro to leave office before his mandate expires in 2019. Unless he is toppled during mass protests, Maduro now appears likely to finish his term in office.

Venezuela's political opposition is gearing up for massive street protests next week after the Socialist government blocked a referendum drive aimed at recalling President Nicolas Maduro.

The right-of-center opposition, the Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (MUD), also known as the Democratic Unity Roundtable, called for nationwide demonstrations from next Wednesday to protest the government's annulment of a key phase of the referendum process.

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More News On Venezuela Halting The Presidential Recall Effort

Venezuelan Electoral Panel Halts Effort to Recall President Nicolás Maduro -- NYT
Venezuelans warn of 'dictatorship' after officials block bid to recall Maduro -- The Guardian
Recall of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro postponed -- UPI
Venezuela Braces for Turbulence After Recall Is Stalled -- NYT/AP
Venezuela halts effort to recall president -- CNN
Venezuela opposition accuses government of 'coup' -- BBC
It’s official: Venezuela is a dictatorship -- Francisco Toro, Washington Post

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