US keenly, but discreetly watches Venezuela vote

Surveys show that opposition candidates are likely to make substantial inroads in Venezuela's single-chamber National AssemblyThe outcome of Venezuela’s legislative elections on Sunday, when the political left is in real danger of losing its majority for the first time since 1999, could greatly impact ties with the United States. How will depend on the extent of the opposition’s gains and how the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro reacts to it, observers say, amid fears that violence and unrest could break out. Surveys show that opposition candidates are likely to make substantial inroads in Venezuela’s single-chamber National Assembly, where all 167 seats are in play.

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