Published on 12 June 2016 by teleSUR.

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The opposition wants the vote to be held this year in order to force snap elections.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro told a massive crowd of supporters Saturday that the recall referendum will definitely take place in 2017, against the wishes of the opposition who want to see the vote held this year.

“If (the opposition) meet the requirements, the recall referendum will take place next year. Period,” Maduro told a crowd in a large stadium in Caracas.

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Published on 31 May 2016 by teleSUR.

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Venezuelan authorities are conducting an internal investigation into the assassination of retired Army Major General Felix Velasquez, which is the latest case in a surge of killings targeting pro-government public officials and activists.

In recent months, Western mainstream media outlets have remained silent regarding the violence waged against government supporters, left-wing activists and public servants, which many believe is an attempt to undermine the future of the Chavista movement in the country.

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Published on 31 May 2016 by teleSUR.

supermarket for the rich in Venezuela

Agustin Otxotorena, a Basque executive living in Caracas, grew tired of constant calls from friends and relatives in Spain telling him that there was no food in Venezuela, so on May 20 he began publishing photos on Facebook of supermarkets in upscale sectors of Caracas filled with goods.

In addition to showing evidence of an abundance of food stuffs, Otxotorena also analyzed the situation. He concluded that there are two countries in Venezuela—one where "there are many people having a hard time, who don’t have the money to live,” and another where there is "an upper class that has a living standard higher than Europe."

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Published on 3 June 2016 by teleSUR.

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Brazil’s interim president Michel Temer has been deemed ineligible to run for political office for 8 years, The Intercept reported Friday.

A regional election court in São Paulo issued a formal decree on Thursday after finding him guilty of spending his own funds on his campaign in excess of what the law allows. As a result of what the court termed his "dirty record" in elections, according to The Intercept, Temer is unable to be elected to the office he seized with the help of the Brazilian Senate.

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Published on 28 May 2016 by Z Blogs.  (Written by Joe Emersberger.)

venezuela recall referendum process

The international media and the president of the OAS, Luis Almagro, are demanding that Venezuelan president Nicholas Maduro allow a presidential recall referendum to take place in 2016.

Why are they demanding that it take place in 2016?

Both government critics and supporters appear to agree that if a recall vote is held before January 10, 2017, that an opposition victory will trigger fresh presidential elections. The Venezuelan constitution says one recall vote is allowed after the midway point of the president’s six year term, but if the recall vote takes place (and is won by the opposition) in the fourth year then the Vice President takes over for the remainder of the term – a new president would not be elected.

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Published on 23 May 2016 by teleSUR.

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The taped conversation is the strongest proof to date that Dilma Rousseff's rivals' bid to remove her from office is more about protecting corruption than rooting it out.

Damning new evidence has revealed that the impeachment bid against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has a clear goal of protecting corrupt officials, particularly members of the newly installed government, from facing justice.

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Published on 25 May 2016 by venezuelanalysis.com.

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has struck a set of “historic” bilateral deals with his Trinidadian counterpart, including the creation of a joint energy project geared towards natural gas exportation.

Both heads of state announced the series of cross-border initiatives in energy, security, and commerce on Monday from St Ann’s, Trinidad and Tobago, where Maduro met with Prime-Minister Keith Rowley during a whirlwind trip to the Caribbean.

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Published on 17 May 2016 by venezuelanalysis.

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The head of the commission supervising the process leading up to a potential referendum to recall Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, initiated by the right-wing opposition, said on Monday that nearly 190,000 of the signatures submitted belong to the deceased.

“They said they delivered 1.85 million of signatures. However, almost 190,000 of them were deceased people," said Jorge Rodriguez, who was appointed by Maduro and also heads the United Socialist Party of Venezuela.

Rodriguez alleged the Venezuelan opposition submitted fake signatures in pursuit of “a coup d’état against President Nicolas Maduro.”

Constitutional jurist Maria Alejandra Diaz said in an interview with teleSUR that it will now be “very difficult” if not “impossible” for the opposition to hold a recall referendum this year.

The process leading up to a referendum will take at least 170 days, in her estimation, which means the third week of January 2017 is the earliest one could be held.

Any registered voter, including the head of state, can file a complaint over irregularities uncovered during this process, she added, meaning a referendum could be pushed back even further.

Published on 13 May 2016 by National Post.

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BRASÍLIA, Brazil — the new Brazilian president’s first pick for science minister was a creationist. He chose a soybean tycoon who has deforested large tracts of the Amazon rain forest to be his agriculture minister. And he is the first leader in decades to have no women in his Cabinet.

The new government of President Michel Temer — the 75-year-old lawyer who took the helm of Brazil on Thursday after his predecessor, Dilma Rousseff, was suspended by the Senate to face an impeachment trial — could cause a significant shift to the political right in Latin America’s largest country.

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