Op­po­si­tion angry at re­call ref­er­en­dum de­lays

Daily Trust - - GOLDEN HARVEST -

Venezue­lan op­po­si­tion lead­ers have called for a march on the Na­tional Elec­toral Coun­cil (CNE) head­quar­ters in the cap­i­tal, Caracas, on Wed­nes­day.

They want to pres­sure the CNE, which they say is stalling their at­tempts to hold a re­call ref­er­en­dum to oust Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro.

The CNE had been ex­pected to an­nounce on Tues­day whether the first step in the ref­er­en­dum process had been met.

In­stead, it said it would meet on 1 Au­gust for fur­ther dis­cus­sions.

Venezuela is go­ing through eco­nomic cri­sis and re­cent polls sug­gest 64% would vote to re­move Mr Maduro.

So far, the op­po­si­tion has com­pleted the first step. On 2 May, it handed the CNE a pe­ti­tion with al­most two mil­lion sig­na­tures, many more than the 194,729 needed at this first stage.

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