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Politics Hugo Chavez

  • CARACAS, Aug 5- Venezuela's chief prosecutor was fired on Saturday and ordered to stand trial less than 24 hours after a newly elected legislative superbody was installed with sweeping powers to strengthen President Nicolas Maduro's grip on power. The prosecutor, Luisa Ortega, had become Maduro's main challenger from within the ruling socialist movement...

  • CARACAS, Aug 4- Venezuela on Friday inaugurated a new legislative superbody that is expected to rewrite the constitution and give vast new powers to the ruling Socialist Party, defying worldwide condemnation that the new assembly undermines democratic freedoms. Former Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez, a close Maduro ally was elected to the presidency...

  • CARACAS, Aug 4- Venezuela on Friday inaugurated a new legislative superbody that is expected to rewrite the constitution and give vast new powers to the ruling Socialist Party, defying worldwide condemnation that the new assembly undermines democratic freedoms. The assembly unanimously elected well-known Socialist Party leaders to its leadership, with...

  • LONDON/ CARACAS, Aug 2- Venezuela inflated the turnout figures for its constituent assembly election by at least 1 million votes, the company that provides voting machines to the country said on Wednesday, in a blow to President Nicolas Maduro and his ruling Socialist Party. Venezuela's electoral council extended voting to 7 p.m., but election experts said...

  • CARACAS, Aug 2- Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday readied itself for massive protests against a freshly elected legislative superbody that is expected to hand President Nicolas Maduro vast new powers. Opposition leader Freddy Guevara urged people to take to the streets on Thursday to prevent the new Constitutional Assembly, dominated by the ruling...

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  • CARACAS, July 27- The U.S. government ordered family members of employees at its embassy in Venezuela to leave on Thursday as a political crisis deepened ahead of a controversial vote critics contend will end democracy in the oil-rich country. Maduro's critics were planning to pile more pressure on the unpopular leftist leader by holding roadblocks across...

  • CARACAS, July 27- The U.S. government ordered family members of employees at its embassy in Venezuela to leave on Thursday as a political crisis deepened ahead of a controversial vote critics contend will end democracy in the oil-rich country. Maduro's critics were planning to pile more pressure on the unpopular leftist leader by holding roadblocks across...

  • As Venezuela's crisis deepened, Colombian airline Avianca on Thursday canceled its operations in the country and the U.S. State Department said it was ordering family members of U.S. employees at its embassy in Caracas to leave ahead of the vote. Critics of President Nicolas Maduro were planning to pile more pressure on the unpopular leftist leader by holding...

  • CARACAS/ BARINAS, Venezuela, July 27- Clashes between Venezuelan security forces and demonstrators have killed five people during the latest opposition-led strike to protest against an election on Sunday critics say will mark the end of democracy in the OPEC nation. With Venezuela already brimming with shuttered stores and factories, amid a blistering...

  • CARACAS/ BARINAS, Venezuela, July 27- Clashes between Venezuelan security forces and demonstrators have killed four people during the latest opposition-led strike to protest against an election on Sunday critics say will mark the end of democracy in the OPEC nation. With Venezuela already brimming with shuttered stores and factories, amid a blistering...

  • CARACAS/ BARINAS, Venezuela, July 27- Clashes between Venezuelan security forces and demonstrators have killed three people during the latest opposition-led strike to protest against an election on Sunday critics say will mark the end of democracy in the OPEC nation. With Venezuela already brimming with shuttered stores and factories, amid a blistering...

  • Visits to Cuba this month by the presidents of Colombia and Bolivia have fueled speculation that Havana is being courted to help mediate in Venezuela. "Cuba roundly rejects such insinuation and claims absolute respect for the sovereignty and the self-determination of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela," Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, second secretary of the...

  • Visits to Cuba this month by the presidents of Colombia and Bolivia have fueled speculation that Havana is being courted to help mediate in Venezuela. "Cuba roundly rejects such insinuation and claims absolute respect for the sovereignty and the self-determination of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela," Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, second secretary of the...

  • The arrangement with Venezuela's state-owned oil firm, PDVSA, has drawn fire from U.S. senators who do not want Russia in a position to own a substantial stake of U.S.-based energy assets in potential violation of existing economic sanctions. President Donald Trump threatened to impose "strong economic actions" on Venezuela unless embattled leftist...

  • CARACAS, July 20- Many Venezuelan streets were barricaded and deserted on Thursday for a strike called by foes of President Nicolas Maduro to demand elections and the scrapping of plans for a new congress they fear will consolidate dictatorship in the OPEC country. as he manned a roadblock on a Caracas thoroughfare that was devoid of traffic.

  • CARACAS, July 20- Many Venezuelan streets were barricaded and deserted on Thursday for a strike called by foes of President Nicolas Maduro to demand elections and the scrapping of plans for a new congress they fear will institute dictatorship. "We must all do our best to get rid of this tyrant," said Miguel Lopez, 17, holding a homemade shield emblazoned with "No To...

  • CARACAS, July 20- Many Venezuelan streets were barricaded and deserted on Thursday for a strike called by foes of President Nicolas Maduro to demand a presidential election and the abandonment of a plan for a new congress they fear would institute dictatorship. From the Andes to the Amazon, many businesses shut as the majority-backed opposition staged a 24-...

  • CARACAS, July 20- Many Venezuelan streets were deserted and barricaded on Thursday for a strike called by foes of President Nicolas Maduro to demand a presidential election and the abandonment of a plan for a new congress they fear would institute a dictatorship. Many businesses were staying shut as the opposition organized a 24- hour national shutdown from 6...

  • CARACAS, July 20- Foes of Venezuela's unpopular President Nicolas Maduro are calling for a national shutdown on Thursday to demand a presidential election and the abandonment of a new congress they fear would cement dictatorship. "The dictatorship wants to impose an illegal Constitutional Assembly by force to perpetuate itself in power," Requesens added of...