Protests loom as Venezuela enters state of emergency

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a meeting with ministers at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on May 13, 2016Venezuela braced for protests Saturday after President Nicolas Maduro declared a state of emergency to combat the “foreign aggression” he blamed for an economic crisis that has pushed the country to the brink of collapse. The economic crisis, together with an electricity shortage, has already forced the government to decree daily power cuts across most of the country, close schools on Fridays, and reduce the workweek to two days for government employees. In an address to the nation, Maduro said the measures, initially decreed for three months, will likely be extended through 2017.

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