Venezuela

Venezuela

Six things you need to know about Venezuela’s troubles

Amid a deep political and economic crisis, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is pushing ahead with plans to elect a National Constituent Assembly on July 30 that will rewrite the country’s 1999 constitution. Critics say the body is illegitimate and fear it will be used to disband congress, cancel elections and allow Maduro and his socialist allies to cling to power. On Sunday, the opposition held an informal referendum on the government’s plan. Here’s a closer look at what is happening in the South American nation.

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Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez greets supporters from his home in Caracas

Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez greets supporters from his home in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, July 8, 2017. Lopez has been transferred to house arrest. The court says in a statement early Saturday that Lopez was granted the "humanitarian measure" for
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Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez greets supporters from his home in Caracas 0:27

Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez greets supporters from his home in Caracas

Pro-government groups beat up woman in Venezuela 1:24

Pro-government groups beat up woman in Venezuela

Pro-government protesters storm Venezuelan National Assembly 0:46

Pro-government protesters storm Venezuelan National Assembly

Police helicopter fires on Venezuela court 0:44

Police helicopter fires on Venezuela court