Venezuela recall clears hurdle, but obstacles remain

Venezuela's opposition got a green light Monday to proceed with efforts to remove President Nicolas Maduro in a referendum, but the crumpling oil giant still appeared far from holding a vote.

The National Electoral Council (CNE) said the opposition had collected nearly double the requirement of 200,000 valid signatures on a petition demanding the leftist leader face a recall referendum.

But it did not set a date for the next stage in the lengthy process, in which the opposition must collect four million signatures in just three days.

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