Venezuela’s Maduro names new potential successor

Venezuela’s Maduro names new potential successor

Venezuela’s leader Nicolas Maduro named an ex-security minister Wednesday as his vice-president, who would become head of state if Maduro were removed from office this year as the opposition demands. Maduro told a televised cabinet meeting that he had named to the post Tareck El Aissami, 42, a powerful state governor who cracked down on […]

Venezuelan lawmakers seek trial of Maduro after referendum fails

Venezuelan lawmakers seek trial of Maduro after referendum fails

Venezuela’s opposition-majority legislature voted on Tuesday to open a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro, who is resisting efforts to remove him from power in a volatile political crisis. A majority of lawmakers in the National Assembly voted in favor of a motion to launch a “political and criminal trial” against Maduro after he blocked […]

Venezuela opposition accuse Maduro of ‘coup’ after referendum quashed

Venezuela opposition accuse Maduro of ‘coup’ after referendum quashed

Venezuela is bracing for turbulence after the socialist government blocked a presidential recall referendum in a move opposition leaders are calling a coup. The opposition is urging supporters to take to the streets, beginning with a march on a major highway Saturday led by the wives of jailed activists, while a leading government figure is […]

Venezuela’s election authority rules out 2016 recall vote for Maduro

Venezuela’s election authority rules out 2016 recall vote for Maduro

Venezuela’s electoral authority on Wednesday ruled out a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro this year, all but dashing opposition hopes to oust him at the ballot box. The National Electoral Council declared in a statement after meeting with the opposition and the government that “the event could be held in the middle of the […]

Rival camps rally across Venezuela as pressure piles on Maduro

Rival camps rally across Venezuela as pressure piles on Maduro

Venezuela’s opposition and government supporters returned to the streets for rival demonstrations Wednesday as tension mounted over a push for a vote on driving President Nicolas Maduro from power in the crisis-stricken country. A week after a mass protest in the capital, supporters of the opposition MUD coalition rallied nationwide near offices of the electoral […]

Venezuela’s Maduro losing support even among Chavistas

Venezuela’s Maduro losing support even among Chavistas

Protesters flooded the streets of Venezuela’s capital on Thursday, demanding President Nicolas Maduro face a recall referendum. Paris-based scholar Paula Vasquez says even loyalist “Chavistas” are starting to turn on his embattled leftist government. Opponents of Maduro claimed they brought together as many as a million demonstrators in the biggest rally in the capital of […]