Venezuelan assembly declares 'coup' by Maduro govt

The president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Henry Ramos Allup, leads an extraordinary session of the National Assembly, in Caracas on October 23, 2016Venezuela’s opposition-majority legislature declared that President Nicolas Maduro’s government had committed a coup d’etat by blocking a referendum on removing him from power, vowing mass protests and international pressure. The measure came during an emergency session on the economic and political crisis gripping the South American oil giant, which briefly descended into chaos when a group of Maduro supporters forced its way past security guards and burst into the National Assembly, causing lawmakers to halt the proceedings for 45 minutes.

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