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Venezuela opposition sets out to oust government

A picture released by the Venezuelan presidency's press office shows President Nicolas Maduro speaking in Caracas on December 30, 2015Venezuela’s emboldened opposition laid claim to a big legislative majority that could empower it to oust President Nicolas Maduro, who came out fighting and reacted by reshuffling his cabinet. Leaders of the opposition, which has vowed to find a way to get rid of Maduro within six months, had portraits of the socialist government’s late hero Hugo Chavez removed from the National Assembly building. At its first regular legislative session on Wednesday, the opposition-controlled assembly swore in three anti-government lawmakers, defying Maduro, who had secured a court injunction to suspend them.

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