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Venezuela lawmakers reject Maduro's emergency decree

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on May 17, 2016Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly on Tuesday rejected the state of emergency decreed by President Nicolas Maduro, deepening the crisis in the oil-rich South American country. The lawmakers, who voted by a show of hands, said the move “deepens the severe disruption of constitutional and democratic order that Venezuela is suffering through,” and that Maduro had ignored the country’s constitution in issuing the decree. The vote comes just a day before opposition-led marches are expected to demand that electoral officials proceed with a referendum on ousting the president, and as the country’s opposition urges the public to defy the state of emergency.

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