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Venezuela opposition claims first win in recall drive

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrives at Revolution Palace in Havana, on June 4, 2016 to take part in the Association of Caribbean States' summit on problems linked to climaye changeVenezuela’s opposition cleared its first hurdle Tuesday in its uphill race to call a referendum on removing President Nicolas Maduro, whom it blames for driving the country to the brink of collapse. After weeks of pressuring the National Electoral Board (CNE) to allow the referendum process to go ahead, the opposition announced the board had accepted as valid 1.3 million signatures on a petition calling for a recall vote. Under the constitution, the opposition would then have to gather four million more signatures (20 percent of the electorate) to trigger a recall vote.

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