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    Venezuelan parliament votes to begin impeachment proceedings against President Nicolas Maduro

    Venezuela's opposition-led National Assembly has voted to begin impeachment proceedings against President Nicolas Maduro for violating democracy, on the eve of massive protests expected across the embattled nation.

    Mr Maduro's government has dismissed the move as meaningless, and in practice the step is likely to prove purely symbolic.

    But it is yet another sign of the turmoil in Venezuela - a country with the world's largest oil reserves, and yet a place where queues stretch for hours for basic foodstuffs, and animals in zoos are killed by hungry locals.

    On Thursday the National Assembly's plan to hold a referendum to try and recall Mr Maduro, 53, was blocked by the Supreme Court - which Mr Maduro controls.

    With that avenue closed, the opposition coalition has raised the stakes, using its power base in congress to begin legal action against Hugo Chavez's unpopular successor.

    On Sunday supporters of Mr Maduro stormed into the National Assembly as they were discussing how to proceed - with ugly scenes and scuffles inside the building.

    On Monday Mr Maduro made a surprise trip to the Vatican, where Pope Francis attempted to reconcile the diametrically opposed factions in Venezuela. Jesus Torrealba, Venezuela's opposition leader, then announced that talks would be held with the government this weekend, on the island of Margarita off the Venezuelan coast.

    Yet the country is bracing itself for further protests on Wednesday, as the opposition rallies its supporters for "The Takeover of Venezuela," to demand the ouster of Mr Maduro.

    "In Venezuela we are battling Satan!" said another opposition leader, Henrique Capriles.

    His impeachment is unlikely to proceed through the National Assembly, however.

    "Legally, the National Assembly does not exist," said Aristobulo Isturiz, the vice-president - referring to Supreme Court rulings that measures in congress are null and void until it removes three politicians linked to vote-buying claims.

    The National Assembly ordered Mr Maduro to appear at a session next Tuesday - which he will almost certainly refuse to do - and said it would also consider charges of abandoning his post.

    Venezuela's government has said it is the victim of an international conspiracy against socialism, led by the United States.

    Vladimir Padrino, the defence minister, also insisted that the army would remain loyal to the president. He criticised the National Assembly, and accused the opposition of seeking a foreign intervention.

    The opposition, in turn, has accused Mr Maduro of veering into dictatorship by sidelining the parliament, detaining opponents and leaning on puppet judiciary and electoral authorities to block attempts to remove him.

    "We will show clearly to Venezuela and the world that in this crisis, responsibility for breaking the constitution has clearly been Nicolas Maduro's," said majority leader Julio Borges.
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    Venezuela: Thousands march through Caracas in support of Maduro



    Venezuela On-Edge as Right Wing Attempts Soft Coup on Maduro

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    "It’s not the old-school style where the military seizes authority, creates martial law and creates a prohibition of any opposition.
    What you’re suggesting is a slow-motion coup through legislative or different semi-legislative methods or judicial methods."
    Dominguez pointed out that what right-wing forces in Venezuela
    are attempting to do is similar to how former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff
    was removed from office two months ago.

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    Venezuela: Mass protest calls for Maduro's resignation


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    Venezuela opposition leader Capriles 'banned from politics'

    Mr Capriles has been at the forefront of efforts calling for a recall referendum on President Nicolas Maduro.

    There was no immediate comment from the government.

    The ban comes after a week of several large opposition-led protests in the capital Caracas. They accuse the government of stifling dissent.
    On Thursday a man was shot dead during the demonstrations.

    Over the last few days, authorities have accused Mr Capriles of inciting violence and bloodshed by leading protests against the unpopular president.

    The protesters were demonstrating against a decision by the Venezuelan Supreme Court to assume control of the opposition-led congress.

    Although the court's decision was quickly overturned, the street protests continued.

    Mr Capriles, who is a former presidential candidate and the governor of the state of Miranda wrote on social media: "URGENT: I inform the country and international public opinion that I am being notified at this very moment of a BAN for 15 years."

    He accused the government of running a smear campaign against him.

    Last year another prominent opposition leader, Leopoldo Lopez was sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison on charges of inciting violence during anti-government protests in 2014.

    Mr Lopez was himself barred from office in 2008 when he was the popular mayor of a Caracas district.

    The Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro, narrowly defeated Mr Capriles in the 2013 elections, a result that sparked controversy and debate as the opposition claimed electoral fraud.

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    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/04...n-caracas.html

    Venezuela clashes leave one man dead, dozens arrested in Caracas

    A 19-year-old man died after being shot in the chest during violent riots in Venezuela’s capital Thursday evening.

    According to published reports, the bullet that killed Jairo Ortiz came from National Guard troops as they were trying to clear up a road blockade by protesters.

    The violent clashes came as the country's fragmented opposition gained new impetus against a socialist government it blames for the country's social and economic collapse.

    The demonstrations were sparked by Supreme Court action last week to assume control of the country's opposition-led congress in what demonstrators said was a lurch toward dictatorship.

    While the widely condemned decision was quickly overturned, the opposition has stepped up street protests against President Nicolas Maduro, despite such demonstrations having achieved little in the past.

    Thousands of people blocked a main Caracas highway on Thursday, chanting "Out with Maduro!" and "No more dictatorship!" and vowed to march to the office of the state ombudsman, the government's principal human rights advocate.

    "The human rights advocate has to stop being the Socialist Party advocate!" opposition leader Henrique Capriles said in an online broadcast as he marched wearing a hat in the Venezuelan colors of yellow, red, and blue.

    Protesters threw stones and petrol bombs while security officials fired tear gas and dispersed the crowds by mid-afternoon. The opposition called for another nationwide march on Saturday.

    Maduro critics are demanding the removal of seven Supreme Court justices who signed last week's decision. They accuse the government of stalling elections for state governors, which polls suggest would not go well for the ruling Socialists.
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