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Venezuela Opposition Wants to Free Prisoners, Push Maduro

  • Residents of state housing will receive ownership deeds
  • Maduro is talking tough, but unclear if he is posturing
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After 16 years of rubber-stamp impotence, Venezuela’s opposition plans to use its overwhelming electoral victory to free political prisoners -- including its most charismatic leader -- and offer President Nicolas Maduro six months to take painful economic steps or face removal.

Moving to take advantage of the two-thirds supermajority they won in congressional elections this month, opposition leaders say a top goal when they take office in January is removing fear from millions who depend on the socialist government for work or housing. In a first step, lawmakers say they want to give state-housing residents deeds to their apartments so that they won’t face political expulsion.