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venezuela opposition banned from running in 2018 election


image copyrightafpimage caption venezuelans look for their names on electoral rolls before voting in sunday's mayoral polls venezuela's president, nicolas maduro, says the country's main opposition parties are banned from taking part in next year's presidential election.he said only parties which took part in sunday's mayoral polls would be able to contest the presidency.leaders from the justice first, popular will and democratic action parties boycotted the vote and said the electoral system is biased.president maduro insists the venezuelan system is entirely trustworthy.in a speech on sunday, he said the opposition parties had "disappeared from the political map"."a party that has not participated today and has called for the boycott of the elections can't participate anymore", he said.i






venezuela opposition leader banned from running for office


caracas, venezuela — leading venezuela opposition leader henrique capriles announced friday that he has been banned from running for office for 15 years, a move sure to ratchet up tensions amid a growing street protest movement.capriles reported the ban on his twitter account right, saying he had just been notified of the decision. there was no immediate comment from the government. leaders in the ruling socialist party had accused capriles in recent days of stoking violence through his leadership of a week of near-daily protests, many of which have ended in tear gas and rubber bullets.president nicolas maduro called out capriles on his television show thursday night, after tens of thousands of venezuelans shut down caracas with a march against the socialist administration.he said follower






venezuela bars opposition governors from taking office


caracas—venezuela’s government on thursday banned opposition governors from taking office in five states, replacing them with ruling-party substitutes, after the opposition released evidence it said proves electoral fraud in a crucial industrial state.the government’s move effectively deprives the opposition of most of its remaining elected offices in the country. copies...






venezuela opposition says new evidence proves election fraud


caracas—venezuela’s opposition released evidence thursday it says proves electoral fraud in a crucial industrial state, raising the possibility of further international sanctions against the socialist government.copies of 11 voting machine receipts from bolívar state uploaded to the opposition alliance’s website don’t match the results released by venezuela’s pro-government national electoral council following sunday’s gubernatorial vote, according to calculations by eugenio martínez, an election analyst at catholic university...






venezuela opposition has few options after vote many call fraudulent


caracas, venezuela—many venezuelans expressed skepticism on monday over voting results that an electoral agency allied with president nicolás maduro said his party had won decisively, as the opposition faced unpalatable options, from proving fraud to mounting new protests. the election set venezuela on a new period of uncertainty after the pro-government electoral council said mr. maduro’s allies won at least 17 of 23 gubernatorial races in a contest that a range of polls had showed the opposition would win handily. the government...






will people power force change in venezuela? | venezuela


with the world's highest inflation rate, food shortages and a month of deadly riots, support for venezuela's president nicolas maduro appears to be running out.is it the end of the socialist revolution started by late president hugo chavez?and can the opposition stop maduro's proposal to rewrite the constitution?presenter: kamahl santamariaguests:maria corina machado - national coordinator for the vente venezuela opposition partycharles shapiro - former us ambassador to venezuelaphil gunson - senior analyst covering the andes region at the international crisis groupsource: al jazeera news






venezuela opposition leader banned from running for office


caracas, venezuela (ap) — leading venezuela opposition leader henrique capriles announced friday that he has been banned from running for office for 15 years, a move sure to ratchet up tensions amid a growing street protest movement.capriles reported the ban on his twitter account. there was no immediate comment from the government. leaders in the ruling socialist party had accused capriles in recent days of stoking violence through his leadership of a week of near-daily protests, many of which have ended in tear gas and rubber bullets.president nicolas maduro called out capriles on his television show thursday night, after tens of thousands of venezuelans shut down caracas with a march against the socialist administration. he said followers of “little capriles” were seeking a bloodbath.ca






henrique capriles banned from public office | venezuela news


venezuelan authorities have banned top opposition leader henrique capriles from public office for 15 years, the latest move in an increasingly tense power struggle in the crisis-hit country.state comptroller manuel galindo imposed a "sanction of disqualification from exercising public office for a period of 15 years," his institution said in a ruling made public by capriles himself on friday.the punishment deals a blow to the opposition after stepped-up protests this week and accusations that president nicolas maduro is leading the country to dictatorship and cracking down on dissent.capriles said on twitter that he rejected the move and insisted he would retain his post as governor.the ruling said the sanction was due to "administrative irregularities" by capriles in his post as governor






profile: henrique capriles | venezuela news


venezuelan authorities have banned top opposition leader henrique capriles from running for office for 15 years, the latest move in an increasingly tense power struggle in the crisis-hit country. the move effectively bans capriles from running against maduro in a general election due next year.the ruling said that the sanction was due to "administrative irregularities" by capriles in his post as governor.the 44-year-old capriles has been the most prominent leader of venezuela's opposition over the past decade, twice coming close to winning the presidency.he is also one of the most vocal politicians against the current government and a strong critic of the decision of the supreme court of justice to take over the opposition-led congress' legislative powers."when the dictatorship squeals it'






profile: henrique capriles | venezuela news


venezuelan authorities have banned top opposition leader henrique capriles from running for office for 15 years, the latest move in an increasingly tense power struggle in the crisis-hit country. the move effectively bans capriles from running against maduro in a general election due next year.the ruling said the sanction was due to "administrative irregularities" by capriles in his post as governor.the 44-year-old capriles has been the most prominent leader of venezuela's opposition over the past decade, twice coming close to winning the presidency.he is also one of the most vocal politicians against the current government and a strong critic of the decision of the supreme court of justice to take over the opposition-led congress' legislative powers."when the dictatorship squeals it's a s






venezuela opposition leader banned from running for office


caracas, venezuela — venezuela's government has barred opposition leader henrique capriles — twice a major presidential candidate — from running for office for 15 years, a surprise move sure to ratchet up tensions amid a growing street protest movementcapriles read from excerpts of the comptroller general's order at a rally friday night in which he urged supporters to take to the streets, beginning with a previously scheduled demonstration saturday, to defend their political rights and demand the removal of president nicolas maduro."when the dictatorship squeals it's a sign we're advancing," he said in a speech surrounded by other leading opposition figures, many of whom themselves have been targeted. "the only one who is disqualified here is you, nicolas maduro."the 44-year-old capriles h






venezuela supreme court assumes congress role | venezuela news


venezuela's supreme court has ruled that it will take over the opposition-led congress' legislative powers, in a move condemned by opposition parties as an attempt to install a dictatorship.the court, which has consistently sided with president nicolas maduro's administration, said late on wednesday that as long as the congress remains in "contempt" of past court rulings "congressional functions will be exercised by this chamber or another chosen organ".maduro extends economic emergencythe dispute centres on three legislators banned over vote fraud accusations.maduro critics say is an excuse for the government to muzzle opposition during a mounting economic crisis in the oil-rich country.the democratic unity organisation, an opposition bloc, criticised the supreme court's decision on thurs






henrique capriles banned from public office | venezuela news


venezuelan authorities have banned top opposition leader henrique capriles from running for office for 15 years, the latest move in an increasingly tense power struggle in the crisis-hit country.capriles read from excerpts of the comptroller general's order at a rally on friday night in which he urged supporters to take to the streets, beginning with a previously scheduled demonstration on saturday, to defend their political rights and demand the removal of president nicolas maduro."when the dictatorship squeals it's a sign we're advancing," he said in a speech surrounded by other leading opposition figures, many of whom themselves have been targeted. "the only one who is disqualified here is you, nicolas maduro."the 44-year-old capriles has been the most prominent leader of venezuela's op






massive anti-maduro protests continue in venezuela | venezuela news


venezuelan police fired tear gas at anti-government protesters on saturday as demonstrations against president nicolas maduro continued in the capital caracas.the protest came as the crisis-hit country continues to be rocked by an increasingly tense power struggle between maduro and the opposition.authorities on friday banned opposition leader henrique capriles from seeking office for 15 years for alleged administrative irregularities as governor of miranda state, a position he has held since 2008.the move, decried by his supporters and foreign governments, followed last week's short-lived supreme court decision to gut the opposition-controlled legislature of its last vestiges of power. opinion: venezuela's apocalypse and the media war venezuela has since witnessed near daily protests, by






venezuela opposition 'faces divisions' after elections | venezuela


after months of deadly protests, a regional election won by the ruling party, and objected by the opposition, venezuela has entered a new political stage.president nicolas maduro's psuv party picked up 18 of the 23 governorships that were up for grabs in last sunday's regional elections.the win by the ruling socialists came as a shock to the opposition, which was projected to win based on early polling.the opposition accused the government of election fraud - an allegation maduro denies. opposition leaders also blamed the way the election was conducted, including the relocation of 200 voting centres days before the polls opened. calling for an audit of the results, opposition leaders boycotted the swearing-in ceremony for the elected governors on wednesday, saying they will not attend a se






oas head urges bloc suspend venezuela over elections


washington (ap) — the head of the organization of american states wants regional governments to suspend venezuela from the washington-based group unless general elections are held soon to break a political impasse that he said tuesday is destroying the country’s democracy.oas secretary general luis almagro made the request in a 75-page report on venezuela’s political crisis, in which he accused president nicolas maduro’s socialist government of systematically violating human rights and standards of democracy enshrined in the inter-american democratic charter, to which venezuela is a signatory.maduro’s government had no immediate comment, but in the past it has accused almagro of doing the bidding of the u.s. government and trying to isolate venezuela.almagro asked the oas’s 34 member state






venezuela supreme court assumes congress role | venezuela news


venezuela's supreme court has ruled that it will take over the opposition-led congress' legislative powers, in a move condemned by opposition parties as an attempt to install a dictatorship.the court, which has consistently sided with president nicolas maduro's administration, said late on wednesday that as long as the congress remains in "contempt" of past court rulings "congressional functions will be exercised by this chamber or another chosen organ".maduro extends economic emergencythe dispute centres on three legislators banned over vote fraud accusations.maduro critics say is an excuse for the government to muzzle opposition during a mounting economic crisis in the oil-rich country.the democratic unity organisation, an opposition bloc, criticised the supreme court's decision on thurs






politically sidelined, venezuela’s top opposition leader is defiant


caracas, venezuela—henrique capriles, a two-time candidate for president, said the government’s recent prohibition on him running for office is central to president nicolás maduro’s strategy of holding on to power by sidelining adversaries who could beat his ruling party at the polls.“i don’t accept being disqualified,” mr. capriles said in an interview with the wall street journal late tuesday in which he pledged the opposition...






ap explains: what's at stake in venezuela vote for governors


venezuela's opposition is projected in polls to win a majority of governorships in sunday's election. but voter apathy, a confusing ballot and a last-minute decision to relocate more than 100 voting sites could impact turnout.as the country spirals further into economic calamity, the election is likely to be scrutinized as an indicator of both how much support president nicolas maduro maintains and whether the opposition is still able to mobilize disenchanted supporters.___what's on the ballotvenezuelans will choose governors in all 23 states in an election that was supposed to take place last december. the government-friendly national electoral council postponed the vote, after polls projected heavy losses for the ruling socialist party.there contenders include 23 main candidates each for






venezuela opposition governors take oath before assembly


caracas, venezuela — four of the five opposition governors recently elected in venezuela have taken an oath before leaders of the all-powerful, pro-government constitutional assembly after initially refusing to do so.the governors were sworn in monday at a small ceremony in caracas.while campaigning for office, opposition candidates repeatedly said they would never yield to president nicolas maduro's demand that any new governor take an oath before the assembly.opposition leaders and dozens of foreign governments consider the assembly unconstitutional.the government-stacked national electoral council says opposition candidates won just five of the 23 governorships selected in oct. 15 elections that the opposition had been projected to dominate.the five winning opposition candidates boycott






henrique capriles banned from public office | news


venezuelan authorities have banned top opposition leader henrique capriles from running for office for 15 years, the latest move in an increasingly tense power struggle in the crisis-hit country.capriles read from excerpts of the comptroller general's order at a rally on friday night in which he urged supporters to take to the streets, beginning with a previously scheduled demonstration on saturday, to defend their political rights and demand the removal of president nicolas maduro."when the dictatorship squeals it's a sign we're advancing," he said in a speech surrounded by other leading opposition figures, many of whom themselves have been targeted. "the only one who is disqualified here is you, nicolas maduro."the 44-year-old capriles has been the most prominent leader of venezuela's op






opposition vies for landmark victory in polarized venezuela


both venezuela’s opposition and pro-government leaders reported high levels of participation as voting counting got underway, but no official results had been released early sunday night.        






venezuela crisis: all the latest updates | news


president nicolas maduro's socialist party won a landslide 17 out of 23 states in venezuela's regional elections, according to official results announced by the national elections council.the opposition democratic union roundtable (mud) coalition, which earlier said the upcoming results were "suspicious", took only five of the states, said the council.president nicolas maduro has predicted a new foreign-led effort to mediate venezuela's political crisis would produce a deal soon, but the opposition said it would not accept another time-wasting "show". both sides sent delegations to meet the dominican republic's president this week for a possible start to a negotiated solution. "after weeks of conversations, we are close to an agreement of political co-existence of peace and sovereignty," m






nicolas maduro accused of 'coup' after court ruling | venezuela news


venezuela's supreme court has ruled that it will take over the opposition-led congress' legislative powers, in a move condemned by opposition parties as an attempt to install a dictatorship.the court, which has consistently sided with president nicolas maduro's administration, said late on wednesday that as long as the congress remains in "contempt" of past court rulings "congressional functions will be exercised by this chamber or another chosen organ".maduro extends economic emergencythe dispute centres on three legislators banned over vote fraud accusations.maduro critics say it is an excuse for the government to muzzle opposition during a mounting economic crisis in the oil-rich country.the democratic unity organisation, an opposition bloc, criticised the supreme court's decision on th






nicolas maduro accused of 'coup' over congress powers | venezuela news


venezuela's supreme court has ruled that it will take over the opposition-led congress' legislative powers, in a move condemned by opposition parties as an attempt to install a dictatorship.the court, which has consistently sided with president nicolas maduro's administration, said late on wednesday that as long as the congress remains in "contempt" of past court rulings "congressional functions will be exercised by this chamber or another chosen organ".maduro extends economic emergencythe dispute centres on three legislators banned over vote fraud accusations.maduro critics say it is an excuse for the government to muzzle opposition during a mounting economic crisis in the oil-rich country.the democratic unity organisation, an opposition bloc, criticised the supreme court's decision on th






venezuela: what is happening? | venezuela


venezuela's capital, caracas, has seen almost daily demonstrations over the past weeks, some of which became violent.protesters say  president nicolas maduro  is moving towards tyranny, and they want him to resign.but maduro says the opposition is conspiring with foreigners to destabilise the country.venezuela's defence minister padrino lopez has declared the army's "unconditional loyalty" to maduro, who ordered troops on to the streets before a major protest by opponents that will take place on wednesday. here are four questions to understand venezuela's current situation.how did the protests start this year in venezuela?the instability and the political turmoil in the country reached a peak on march 30, when venezuela's supreme court ruled that it will take over the opposition-led congre






venezuela’s top opposition leader barred from holding office


caracas, venezuela—authorities barred leading opposition politician henrique capriles from holding office for 15 years, disqualifying him from running for president in elections expected next year.the office of the comptroller general on friday disqualified mr. capriles, the 44-year-old governor of the populous miranda state, for allegedly breaking contracting rules and misusing public funds, according to a copy of the ban seen by...






venezuela: what is happening? | venezuela


venezuela's capital, caracas, has seen almost daily demonstrations over the past weeks, some of which became violent.protesters say  president nicolas maduro  is moving towards tyranny, and they want him to resign.but maduro says the opposition is conspiring with foreigners to destabilise the country.venezuela's defence minister has declared the army's "unconditional loyalty" to president nicolas maduro, who ordered troops on to the streets before a major protest by opponents trying to topple him.here are four questions to understand venezuela's current situation.how did the protests start this year in venezuela?the instability and the political turmoil in the country reached a peak on march 30, when venezuela's supreme court ruled that it will take over the opposition-led congress' legisl






how venezuela fell victim to ‘clear manipulation’ in election


el casabe, venezuela—aires pérez rodríguez traveled by canoe for three hours to deliver the paper receipts showing a total of 225 votes cast for state governor in this hamlet. then he passed them to his aunt, who drove them a further 150 miles to the bolívar state capital.when the official count was released days after the oct. 15 election, however, there were an extra 471 votes for the government’s candidate. it wasn’t just mr. pérez, the opposition party’s election monitor, who noticed. the ruling socialist party’s own...






venezuela antigovernment protests turn deadly


caracas, venezuela—clashes across venezuela turned deadly as the opposition took to the streets wednesday for what it called “the mother of all marches” in its latest, vain attempt to force president nicolás maduro to hold elections.red-eyed opposition activists tried unsuccessfully to keep the demonstrators on the streets as thousands ran from tear gas in eastern caracas, some even wading into the dirty guaire river to escape the...






venezuela opposition shows evidence of tampered vote count


caracas, venezuela (ap) — venezuela’s opposition is presenting what it says is the first hard evidence of possible ballot tampering in sunday’s contested gubernatorial elections.the government-stacked national electoral council declared loyalist justo noguera the winner of sunday’s race in bolivar state by just 1,471 votes over runner-up andres velasquez.but the democratic unity alliance said thursday the vote totals listed on the electoral board’s website don’t match the tallies from 11 ballot boxes certified by poll workers. the opposition said the inconsistencies resulted in 2,199 votes being awarded incorrectly to noguera that were enough to swing the election in his favor.authorities said government candidates won 18 of 23 gubernatorial races. the opposition has disputed the results a






venezuela opposition 'faces divisions' after elections | politics


after months of deadly protests, a regional election won by the ruling party, and objection by the opposition, venezuela has entered a new political stage.president nicolas maduro's psuv party picked up 18 of the 23 governorships that were up for grabs in last sunday's regional elections.the win by the ruling socialists came as a shock to the opposition, which was projected to win based on early polling.the opposition accused the government of election fraud - an allegation nicolas maduro denies. opposition leaders also blamed the way the election was conducted, including the relocation of 200 voting centres days before the polls opened. calling for an audit of the results, opposition leaders boycotted the swearing-in ceremony for the elected governors on wednesday, saying they would not a






who supports venezuela's opposition? | venezuela


protests are showing no sign of ending and the economy is spiralling further out of control in venezuela.supreme court has barred luisa ortega, the nation's chief prosecutor, from leaving the country and ordered her bank accounts frozen hours after she delivered a scathing critique against president nicolas maduro.the development came hours after a helicopter attack on the supreme court. who are the protesters supporting the opposition? and can maduro continue to resist calls for an election to replace him? presenter: richelle carey guests: sonia schott - director of schott international consulting; expert in latin american relations with a special focus on venezuelalucas koerner - editor of venezuela analysisantonio mora - journalist and political analyst specialising in latin america sou






venezuela 'congress in resistance' rejects new assembly | venezuela news


venezuela's opposition-controlled congress rejected the self-proclaimed lawmaking authority of a new legislative body elected last month at the behest of president nicolas maduro, widening the political divide in the crisis-hit country.congress's declaration of resistance on saturday followed statements from a group of 12 regional nations plus the united states saying they would continue to regard congress - not the new constituent assembly - as the venezuela's only legitimate lawmaking body."this is a congress in resistance of an armed military dictatorship that took over its authority and gained militarily what it could not gain at the ballot box," congress vice president freddy guevara said in a special session. read more: luisa ortega 'fearing for her life' flees to colombia the opposi






venezuela antigovernment protests turn deadly


caracas, venezuela—clashes across venezuela turned deadly wednesday as the opposition took to the streets for what it called “the mother of all marches” to force president nicolás maduro to hold elections.the opposition said the march is the culmination of nearly three weeks of political unrest that has posed the biggest challenge to mr. maduro since a wave of antigovernment protests in 2014 that left 43 people dead. the government...






zimbabwe opposition groups protest over 2018 election


harare, zimbabwe — opposition politicians, activists and outspoken church leaders in zimbabwe have gathered to protest what they call attempts to rig next year's presidential election.wednesday's protest followed a demand by opposition parties that the united nations run the 2018 vote.the opposition parties also have called for the resignation of the head of the country's elections commission. they accuse her of planning to help 93-year-old president robert mugabe win another five-year term. mugabe has been in power since 1980.rita makarau has accused the opposition of unfairly targeting her.police watched wednesday's protest by dozens of people from a distance.






black bean turkey chili recipe


1 sauté carrots, onions, bell peppers: heat the oil in a large, thick bottomed pot (6 to 8 quart) on medium heat. add the chopped onion, carrot, and bell peppers, sprinkle with salt and cook until softened, about 6-8 minutes.2 add the minced garlic, chili powder, and cumin and cook for a minute more.3 add the ground turkey and break it up with a wooden spoon. increase the heat to medium high. stir and cook until the turkey is no longer pink.4 add the chicken stock, oregano, bay leaf, vinegar, and tomato paste. use a straight edge spatula or wooden spoon to s e up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.5 add the black beans. bring to a boil, lower to a simmer, and cook, covered for half an hour, and uncovered for another half hour, or until the the liquid thickens. remove bay leaf.adju