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Constituent Assembly: Why Venezuela voted, and why it matters - Christian Science Monitor

Economic and political crises have continued escalating throughout months-long protests – a situation President Nicolás Maduro says can only be fixed with a new assembly, and a new constitution. Critics call it a final turning point away from democracy ...and more »

Remember all those left-wing pundits who drooled over Venezuela? - Los Angeles Times

The majority of Venezuelans oppose the assembly and the new charter it will draft, fearing it will give Maduro dictatorial powers. "Pundits should have fixed terms," left-wing author Naomi Klein recently told the BBC. Awarded "jobs for life," most ...and more »

Venezuela Reported False Election Turnout, Voting Company Says - New York Times

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — The Venezuelan government reported false turnout figures for its contentious election over the weekend, announcing a tally that had been altered by at least one million votes, a software company involved in setting up voting systems ...and more »

Venezuela Vote: Opposition Taken From Homes After Controversial Poll -

Venezuelan security officials seized two opposition leaders from their homes in overnight raids, their families said on Tuesday, after they urged protests against a new legislative superbody widely denounced as anti-democratic. Leopoldo Lopez and ...and more »

Nicolas Maduro: The Path From Bus Driver to Venezuelan President -

At the center of Venezuela's massive political and economic crisis is President Nicolas Maduro, an unpopular socialist who this week taunted President Donald Trump and was placed in an "exclusive club" of dictators subject to U.S. sanctions. Maduro ...and more »

Venezuelan opposition leaders arrested as crisis escalates -

Teams of heavily armed security agents seized two of Venezuela's senior opposition leaders from their homes in the middle of the night, dragging one into the street in his pyjamas. The arrests came as President Nicolas Maduro's government defied US ...and more »

EU's Tajani reacts to Venezuela arrests - New Europe

President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani listens to a speech by President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker (unseen) at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 04 July 2017. Author. NEOnline | TB By NEOnline | TB. Read ...and more »

To Venezuela, This Week's Sanctions Are a Joke - ProPublica

President Nicolas Maduro is building his brand of populism by celebrating each time the U.S. punishes officials for abuses. by Hannah Dreier. Aug. 2, 2017, 8 a.m. EDT. Nicolas Maduro, president of Venezuela, speaks during a press conference in Caracas ...and more »

Venezuelan Default Fears Rise With Billions in Debt Coming Due Soon - Wall Street Journal

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, left, during an event at the National Electoral Council headquarters in Caracas on July 31. The Trump administration has imposed new sanctions against Mr. Maduro. Photo: Miraflores Palace/European Pressphoto Agency ...and more »

Opposition leaders Lopez and Ledezma sent to jail -

Opposition figures critical of vote sent to jail as court says they were planning to flee, drawing criticism from UN. 1 Aug 2017. Lopez (L) and Ledezma (R) are both in a military prison [AFP]. Two of Venezuela's leading opposition figures, who were ...and more »