Maduro taunts op­po­si­tion over trou­bled re­call bid

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

Photo: AFP

Venezuela’s Na­tional Elec­toral Coun­cil in Caracas on Au­gust 9.

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