Maduro taunts opposition over troubled recall bid
VENEZUELA’S President Nicolas Maduro taunted his political opponents after they hit an apparent roadblock in efforts to oust him from office.
Opposition leaders must hold a recall referendum by January 10 if they are to succeed not only in removing Mr Maduro but in staging new elections to replace his administration.
The National Electoral Council (CNE) has approved the first of two petitions required to organise a referendum, which they aim to do by year-end.
However, the election officials said on August 9 that a decisive step in triggering a referendum – the collection of 4 million signatures on a recall petition – probably could not be completed in time.
Mr Maduro vowed on August 9 that his political enemies – whom he has accused of fomenting public disorder and widespread unrest – would fail.
“The violent plans that you have will be defeated by the conscience of a majority of the people,” he declared during his weekly television program, in remarks he addressed to the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD).
“We’re going to guarantee peace, independence, political sovereignty and the Bolivarian revolution,” the president said. –
Venezuela’s National Electoral Council in Caracas on August 9.