Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Venezuela Considers Action against Maduro

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Venezuela Considers Action against Maduro

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CARACAS, Venezuela - Government supporters on Sunday interrupted a special congressional session where lawmakers were discussing bringing legal charges against President Nicolas Maduro. Dozens of red-shirted protesters who had chanted outside the Capitol since the morning burst into the building in the afternoon. Lawmakers ran out of the path of the protesters, who marched onto the floor chanting in support of the socialist government.

Opposition lawmakers had been debating ways to strike back after a court on Thursday killed their chances for staging a recall referendum to throw out unpopular President Nicolas Maduro this year.

Lawmaker Julio Borges says the opposition-held congress is now in open rebellion against a government it says has no respect for the constitution.

Legislators at the Sunday session were to debate a variety of measures to force a political change, including an effort to replace national elections officials and Supreme Court judges, and a move to take legal action against Maduro for what they call his disregard of constitutional order. …

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