VOA: Venezuela Congress Says Maduro Government Staged a Coup
Venezuela's Congress declared Sunday that the government staged a coup by blocking a referendum effort that could have led to the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro.
During an emergency session, the opposition-majority legislature passed a resolution proclaiming the "breakdown of constitutional order" and "a coup d'etat committed by the Nicolas Maduro regime."
Majority leader Julio Borges of the Democratic Unity Roundtable said "A continual coup d'etat has been perpetrated in Venezuela, culminating in the decision to rob us of a recall referendum. We're here to officially declare the regrettable and painful rupture of the constitution."
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WNU Editor: When you rule against the will of the people you will suffer the consequences. This is just more signs that while the focus is on the country's economic crisis, the political unrest is only going to grow.
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