Petition of 1.5 mn counted for Maduro's removal

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro greets supporters during a march to mark International Workers' Day, in Caracas on May 1, 2016Venezuela’s opposition forces on Saturday said electoral authorities have tallied 1.5 million signatures seeking to force President Nicolas Maduro from power with a recall referendum. Oil-dependent Venezuela has descended ever deeper into economic turmoil as global crude prices have collapsed, triggering food shortages, rampant inflation and now an electricity crisis. The center-right opposition, which won control of the legislature in elections last December, is seeking to organize a recall referendum to cut short Maduro’s term.

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