Venezuela puts off key decision on Maduro recall vote

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro wears a hat during a rally in Caracas on May 31, 2016Venezuela’s opposition called for calm Thursday after electoral authorities cancelled a key meeting on whether they could go ahead with efforts to remove embattled President Nicolas Maduro in a referendum. Opponents are racing against the clock to hold a recall referendum by the end of the year and ditch the leftist leader, whom they accuse of driving Venezuela into economic and political chaos. The National Electoral Board (CNE) had been due to deliver its ruling on whether it accepted or rejected an initial petition with 1.8 million signatures endorsing a recall vote.

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