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Court threat to Venezuela opposition's super-majority

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro (L) and first lady Cilia Flores (R) greet supporters during the closing rally of the campaign on December 3, 2015 in CaracasVenezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s party has filed a legal challenge against the election of eight opposition lawmakers, threatening the two-thirds majority it won in landmark polls this month, the high court said Tuesday. The opposition coalition, the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), accused the leftist ruling party of violating “the people’s will” after the December 6 legislative polls, in which MUD won control of the National Assembly for the first time in 16 years. The opposition won 112 of 167 seats in the elections, a dramatic blow to Maduro and the “revolution” launched in 1999 by his late predecessor Hugo Chavez.

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