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Fabiola Zerpa

Venezuela's Maduro Regime Steps Up Crackdown on Dissidents

Venezuela’s government is intensifying its crackdown on critics of President Nicolas Maduro, ordering the detention of the husband of former Public Prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz and separate investigations of prominent opposition leaders.

New Venezuela Assembly Votes to Oust Chief Prosecutor Ortega

Venezuela’s newly convened assembly ousted Chief Prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz, the highest-ranking member of President Nicolas Maduro’s administration to break ranks. Separately, the oil-rich nation was suspended from the regional trading group Mercosur.

Venezuelan Assembly Will Meet to Defy Constitutional Rewrite

In as little as 24 hours, a clash of powers is set to unfold in the Venezuelan capital’s gold-domed Federal Legislative Palace, where a newly elected legislative super body will attempt to convene alongside the National Assembly, the only arm of government not controlled by President Nicolas Maduro or his allies.

Violence Flares as Venezuelans Vote to Overhaul Constitution

Police clashed with demonstrators who blocked roads and rallied against a contentious ballot on Sunday that marked the first step toward remaking Venezuela’s constitution in a way that could upend decades of democracy in the oil-producing nation.

Venezuelans Stockpile Food and Water Ahead of Maduro Power Grab

Venezuelans are stockpiling scarce food and water as tensions mount ahead of a widely criticized Sunday vote that President Nicolas Maduro has called to elect an assembly of supporters to rewrite the constitution and strengthen his grip on power.

Your Guide to the Uproar Over Venezuela’s Constitution

Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, drew widespread criticism at home and abroad when he announced in May that he’d convoke a constituent assembly to consider changing the country’s constitution -- which has already happened 26 times in the nation’s 206-year history. The opposition slammed the move as an illegal power grab, predicting that the government would stack the assembly with its supporters. An estimated 7.5 million people participated in an unofficial referendum organized by Maduro’s

Venezuela's Opposition Urges Strike as Trump Warns of Action

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro faced growing pressure to cancel plans to rewrite the constitution on Monday with an emboldened opposition calling for a 24-hour strike this week and U.S. President Donald Trump warning of “strong and swift economic actions.”

Venezuela Crisis at Center of U.S. Diplomatic Push in Mexico

The Trump administration is seeking to spur negotiations to end Venezuela’s political crisis, pressing Western Hemisphere nations meeting in Mexico this week to set up a mechanism for new talks to resolve a threat to regional stability.

Why Venezuela May Change Its Constitution for the 27th Time

Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, drew widespread criticism at home and abroad when he announced he will convoke a constituent assembly to consider changing the country’s constitution -- which has already happened 26 times in the nation’s 205-year history. Though Maduro hasn’t provided too many specific details about what he wants to see in a new constitution, the opposition quickly slammed the move as an illegal power grab and predicted that the government would stack the assembly with its

Venezuelans Accused of Rebellion Are Hauled Into Military Court

Hundreds of Venezuelans arrested in the past week have been tried in secretive military courts, a new maneuver by the government of President Nicolas Maduro as he fights to retain his grip on power in the face of escalating political opposition and massive street protests.

Maduro Calls for New Venezuelan Constitution Amid Protests

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro called for a popular assembly to write a new constitution, a fresh attempt to consolidate his hold on the nation and an escalation of a crisis that has brought hundreds of thousands into the streets.