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Police Drag Venezuela Opposition Leaders From Their Homes

State security agents reportedly took two of Venezuela’s opposition leaders from their homes in the middle of the night Tuesday, in the aftermath of a widely condemned vote granting President Nicolàs Maduro nearly unlimited powers. A video appeared to show opposition leader and former Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma being taken from his home while a…

Maduro Declares Election Victory As Opposition Calls For More Protests

Venezuela’s National Electoral Council said that 8,089,320 people, or 41.53 percent of registered voters, participated in Sunday’s election for a new constitutional assembly with the power to rewrite the South American nation’s constitution. Embattled President Nicolas Maduro, who called the vote, declared victory, saying the balloting was “a vote for the revolution.” Opposition leader Henrique…

Venezuela’s Opposition Wins Congress [VIDEO]

Venezuela’s opposition party won the majority in parliamentary elections for the first time in 16 years. After Sunday voting, the Democratic Unity coalition secured 99 seats, compared with the Socialists’ 46 seats in the National Assembly, with some districts still needing to be counted. President Nicolas Maduro acknowledged the defeat, blaming the loss on an…

Oil-Rich Venezuela Rations Food

Despite its oil riches, Venezuela has joined the ranks of North Korea and Cuba in rationing food for its citizens. The government has rolled out a system using fingerprint scanners to limit purchases of basic goods. Before entering grocery stores, shoppers have to scan their fingerprints to make sure they don’t buy more than their…

Venezuela’s Capriles demands recount of votes – Opposition leader refuses to recognise election victory of Nicolas Maduro

UPDATE: Venezuela’s Capriles demands recount of votes Opposition leader refuses to recognise election victory of Nicolas Maduro in tighter-than-expected presidential poll. Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles has refused to accept ruling party candidate Nicolas Maduro’s narrow election victory and demanded a recount. “Today’s loser is you,” he told a news conference on Monday, referring to…