Venezuela opposition authorized to seek referendum against president

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gestures at supporters during a demonstration in Caracas on April 19, 2016Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s opponents advanced Tuesday in their mission to drive him from office when electoral authorities gave them authorization to take initial steps seeking a recall referendum. The National Electoral Board said it would hand over the paperwork allowing them to seek nearly 200,000 signatures needed as a first step towards calling a referendum. It is one of the legal means the opposition is trying to use to oust Maduro, whom it blames for the country’s severe economic crisis.

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