Venezuela leader gets emergency powers, rivals vow ouster

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (L), pictured in Caracas on February 12, 2016Venezuela’s opposition on Friday vowed to speed up efforts to oust President Nicolas Maduro after he defied lawmakers by securing emergency powers to intervene in the crisis-hit oil state’s economy. The Supreme Court on Thursday overruled opposition from lawmakers by approving Maduro’s decree to place the country in a 60-day state of economic emergency. The opposition reacted with outrage, accusing Maduro of expanding economic policies that they say are ruining the country.

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