Opposition, Regime-Backed Institutions Continue to Clash Over Legislation
The opposition-controlled National Assembly votes to approve new referendum rules, which would speed up the process for a recall referendum against President Maduro. Meanwhile, opposition legislators demanding paperwork needed to help activate a recall referendum, chained themselves to a stairway of Venezuela's election board, which has been dragging its feet to issue the relevant documents. Six politicians were reportedly forcibly removed from the offices.
In a separate development, the regime-backed Supreme Court rules that the Presidential term cannot be shortened retroactively, as requested by the opposition, in another technical attempt to remove Maduro from power. As Maduro officially completes half of his six-year term in office, Fox News Latino notes that a recent DatinCorp poll shows that 72 percent of Venezuelans want Maduro out of office.