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Russian Plane, 20 Tons of Gold Add to Venezuelan Chaos

Jetliner waits on tarmac outside the capital as rumors swirl about its cargo

(Newser) - An empty Russian airliner is sitting on a tarmac outside Caracas—but the reason why isn't clear yet. At the moment, the mystery only deepens the confusion in Venezuela, where the presidency is in dispute—as is control of the country's gold. Opposition lawmaker Jose Guerra tweeted Tuesday...

US Issues 3 Statements Telling Maduro to Go
US Tells Maduro His Time Is Up

US Tells Maduro His Time Is Up

Trump, Pence, Pompeo recognize Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim leader

(Newser) - The Trump administration is calling—in triplicate—for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to step down. President Trump, Mike Pence, and Mike Pompeo all issued statements proclaiming that the US is recognizing Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim leader. Each of them said the US would take all diplomatic and economic...

US: We Won't Recognize Venezuela Election Winner

Maduro declares victory with 68% of vote

(Newser) - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has been declared the winner of an election widely denounced as a "fraud foretold." According to figures released by the National Election Council, Maduro was elected to a second six-year term after winning around 68% of the vote, more than 40 points more...

3 Parties Took Stand Against 'Dictator,' So He Banned Them

Nicolas Maduro bars key opposition parties from future elections in Venezuela

(Newser) - Venezuela's ruling socialists swept nearly all the races for mayors across the country Sunday, and President Nicolas Maduro says key opposition parties are now banned from future elections. At a rally late Sunday in the center of Caracas, Maduro announced that pro-government candidates grabbed more than 300 of the...

3 Deaths Reported in Violent Venezuela Election Day

At least 116 have been killed in nearly four months of political upheaval

(Newser) - Venezuela's chief prosecutor's office is reporting three deaths on the day of a controversial vote for a constituent assembly that opposition leaders fear will trigger the end of democracy in Venezuela. The office tweeted that 28-year-old Angelo Mendez and 39-year-old Eduardo Olave were killed at a protest Sunday...

Socialists Seethe: Venezuela Votes for 'Counter Revolution'

Crowds celebrate as Maduro blames 'economic war'

(Newser) - Venezuela's opposition won control of the National Assembly by a landslide, trouncing the ruling party and altering the balance of power after almost 17 years of socialist rule. The opposition coalition won at least 99 seats in the incoming 167-seat legislature, electoral authorities announced after midnight Sunday. The ruling...

Brawl Breaks Out at Venezuela National Assembly

Opposition told they can't speak until they recognize Maduro

(Newser) - Rival lawmakers in Venezuela are blaming each other for a National Assembly slugfest that left seven opposition lawmakers injured. State TV cameras in the chamber were pointed toward the ceiling during the brawl, which erupted after opposition lawmakers were denied the right to speak until they recognize Nicolas Maduro's...

Maduro Grabs State TV to Blast US, 'Nazi' Opposition

As Washington demands recount

(Newser) - Venezuela's new honcho is proving to be no less dramatic than Hugo Chavez, with Nicolas Maduro breaking into state television no fewer than three times yesterday to blast the US and opponent Henrique Capriles. As the New York Times reports, Maduro worked "himself into what seemed to be...

Protests Rage After Venezuela Refuses to Recount

Capriles not accepting 'illegitimate ' result

(Newser) - Police in Caracas fired tear gas to disperse furious opposition supporters after Venezuelan electoral authorities decided there would be no recount of the presidential election result, despite Nicolas Maduro's slender margin of victory . Opposition leader Henrique Capriles insists that he, not Hugo Chavez's anointed heir, is the real...

Chavez Heir Squeaks a Win in Venezuela; Recount Sought

Maduro took 50.7% to Capriles' 49.1%

(Newser) - Nicolas Maduro, the former bus driver Hugo Chavez chose as his political heir, has triumphed in Venezuela's presidential election by a margin much narrower than expected. Electoral official say Maduro took 50.7% of the votes to 49.1% for opposition challenger Henrique Capriles, the AP reports. Maduro, who...

Venezuela Votes in a Referendum on Chavez

Maduro still favored, but many are disenchanted with Hugo's legacy

(Newser) - Election day in Venezuela began today before dawn, with lines forming in the dark as bugle calls and a recording of the late Hugo Chavez singing the national anthem rang out. Chavez haunts the proceedings in more than one way, with handpicked successor and longtime deputy Nicolas Maduro facing a...

Venezuela's Maduro: A Curse on Opposition

Capriles responds that real curse would be continuing Chavez legacy

(Newser) - There's a week left in Venezuela's presidential campaign, and for those voters still sitting on the fence, Hugo Chavez's handpicked heir is offering up a little incentive in the form of a curse on those who would vote against him. "If anyone among the people votes...

Now US Trying to Kill Candidate, Claims Venezuela

'Nonsense,' says former Bush official cited in Maduro's allegation

(Newser) - American right-wingers are conspiring to take action in Venezuela and kill ... its pro-business opposition leader Henrique Capriles? That's the theory being pushed by acting president Nicolas Maduro, reports Reuters . "We have detected plans by the far right, linked to the groups of (former Bush administration officials) Roger Noriega...

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