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Maduro Maneuvers to Keep Control of Venezuela Electoral Body

  • Seeks to bypass National Assembly with allies in Supreme Court
  • Maduro wants December election to weaken Guaido claim to power
Nicolas Maduro
Nicolas MaduroPhotographer: Carlos Becerra/Bloomberg
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Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro is seeking to use the Supreme Court to accelerate the appointment of electoral officials mainly loyal to his government, laying the groundwork for congressional elections in December, according to seven people familiar with matter.

Maduro’s administration is preparing to appoint an all-new board to the electoral body known as CNE through a Supreme Court ruling as soon as next week, according to five of the people, who asked not to be named because they’re not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.