Venezuela enters critical stage in political crisis


CARACAS: Venezuela braced Monday (Tuesday in Manila) for more upheaval as President Nicolas Maduro prepared to unveil the scope of a new emergency decree and the opposition readied protests against what it calls a bid to cling to power. The leftist leader has so far given few details on the state of emergency he declared Friday (Saturday in Manila), beyond vowing to seize factories he claims have been paralyzed by the “bourgeoisie” in order to exacerbate the shortages destabilizing the country. Legal experts have said the decree could impose limits on protests, authorize preventive arrests and allow warrantless police raids. The opposition says it is an attempt to quash efforts to call a referendum on removing the deeply unpopular president from office.



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