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     Venezuela President Maduro challenges poll result in court

December 31, 2015
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Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro is now claiming that the December 6 polls, in which his leftist party suffered a massive defeat, were marred by fraud, and he has challenged the election result in the courts. The opposition coalition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) soundly beat the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), taking 112 of the 167 seats to control of the National Assembly for the first time in 16 years, and secure a two-thirds majority. That majority gives the MUD the power to put legislation to a referendum, remove officials from office, call an assembly to draft a new constitution, and even seek to force Maduro from power before the end of his term in 2019. But the PSUV has lodged appeals against the election of eight MUD legislators that, if successful, would take away the opposition alliance’s two-thirds majority. The motions were filed in the Supreme Court on Tuesday, just days after the government appointed 13 new justices, including two of the five justices from the panel that deals with all electoral issues. Maduro was elected in April 2013 for a six-year term and will continue to lead the country for four more years, unless he loses a recall referendum. (Image source: The Telegraph)

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