Venezuela leader's allies examine petition to oust him

Anti-government demonstrators gather to sign a form to activate the referendum on cutting President Nicolas Maduro's term short, in Caracas on April 27, 2016Venezuela on Wednesday started verifying nearly two million signatures of voters petitioning for a referendum on getting rid of President Nicolas Maduro, as he launched fresh maneuvers against his opponents. With the oil-rich, cash-poor country in economic crisis, Maduro said he would allow a referendum if the petition is validated. Electoral authorities started checking the 1.85 million signatures gathered by the center-right opposition — the first step towards calling a plebiscite.

Share this article