Oil-rich Venezuela votes in tense economic crisis

Venezuelans queue to cast their vote in a polling station in Caracas, on December 6, 2015Venezuelans voted Sunday in tense elections that could see the opposition seize legislative power from the socialist government and risk sparking violence in the oil-rich, cash-poor nation. Electoral commission deputy chief Sandra Oblitas said there was “very high turnout” as polls closed at 2230 GMT, with first results expected from 0230 GMT Monday at the earliest. With the country of 30 million people suffering soaring inflation and poverty, a broad coalition of opposition parties is vying to gain control of the National Assembly for the first time in 16 years.

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