Battle lines drawn as Venezuela political crisis grows

Opposition supporters rally in support of their newly elected deputies in front of the the National Assembly in Caracas, on January 5, 2016Venezuela’s political crisis deepened Thursday as the government sued to stop the center-right opposition using its new legislative powers to oust President Nicolas Maduro. The opposition laid claim to a big majority in the National Assembly state legislature which could empower it to force out Maduro. Venezuela’s defense minister and armed forces chief, General Vladimir Padrino, weighed into the stand-off Thursday, saying the military were unwavering in their backing for Maduro.

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