Edition: United States  
One News Page
“Probably the fastest-access news portal in the world”
> >

Venezuela: Opposition defiant despite setback in Maduro referendum push

Duration: 00:59s - Published: < > Embed
News video: Venezuela: Opposition defiant despite setback in Maduro referendum pushOpponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro are keeping up the pressure for a referendum that could force him from office this year, despite electoral authorities ruling out any such vote until early 2017. The 20 percent threshold of public signatures needed to trigger the vote must also be met in each state rather than on a national level as the opposition wanted. “They have their backs against the wall, said a defiant Jesus Torrealba, head of the opposition Democratic Unity coalition. “They know for sure that if they opened 40,000 polling stations here, to hear the sovereign expression of the will of the people, this very day we would bring together over 10 million people expressing their will, and that afternoon we would be calling for their resignation.” The opposition, made up of a disparate multi-party coalition, will meet this weekend before unveiling its strategy on Monday, Torrealba added, a delay that frustrated some supporters anxious for a swift response. Maduro’s popularity has sunk as economic crisis grips oil-rich Venezuela, with families skipping meals due to food shortages and galloping inflation. Polls currently show he would lose a plebiscite on his rule. Venezuela election board says Maduro referendum may happen in 2017 https://t.co/JrRY03jQjw— Reuters Venezuela (@ReutersVzla) 22 septembre 2016 The timing of any recall referendum is key: if held this year and Maduro loses, new elections would be triggered. If delayed until 2017, however, Maduro would simply be replaced by his vice president, as per the Constitution. The election board ruled that the 20 percent threshold of signatures from registered voters must be met in each of Venezuela’s 23 states, during the Oct. 26-28 signature drive, and that only 5,400 voting machines would be made available, far fewer than the 19,500 demanded by the opposition.

Share on
Share on
Post on 
Share by

Recent related news

Venezuela opposition at crossroads as 2016 recall hopes fade

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela is in terrible shape. Two-thirds of voters say in polls they...
Seattle Times - Front PageAlso reported by •FOXNews.com

Maduro: top US diplomat to visit Venezuela soon

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolas Maduro said a top U.S. State Department official would...
Seattle Times - Front Page

You Might Like

Environmentally friendly: One News Page is hosted on servers powered solely by renewable energy
© 2016 One News Page Ltd. All Rights Reserved.  |  About us  |  Disclaimer  |  Press Room  |  Terms & Conditions  |  Privacy Policy  |  Content Accreditation
 RSS  |  News for my Website  |  Free news search widget  |  Help  |  Contact us  |  DMCA / Content Removal
How are we doing? Send us your feedback  |   LIKE us on Facebook   FOLLOW us on Twitter   FIND us on Google+