Venezuela to sack officials who backed Maduro recall

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is fighting for his political survival amid a crushing economic crisis that has caused severe shortages of food and basic goodsVenezuelan civil servants who signed a petition for a referendum on removing President Nicolas Maduro from power must be sacked within 48 hours, a top aide to the president said. Five ministries have been given lists of employees in managerial posts who signed the petition in favor of a recall vote against Maduro, said Jorge Rodriguez, the embattled leftist leader’s designated aide to monitor the opposition’s referendum drive.

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