Nearly 2 million sign on for Maduro recall: opposition

Members of the Venezuelan National Electoral Council during a meeting with members of the ruling party at the CNE headquarters in Caracas, on May 2, 2016Venezuela’s opposition presented reams of signatures to election authorities Monday calling for a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro, whom it blames for the country’s crushing economic crisis. Venezuelans fed up with food shortages, soaring inflation and now a paralyzing electricity crunch have flocked to sign a petition for a recall referendum, according to the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD). It said it had presented 1.85 million signatures — more than nine times the number needed to launch the referendum process — to the National Electoral Board.

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