Maduro’s opponents want to change election rules

The move to oust Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro took another twist last week when the opposition party controlled parliament changed the rules on how a recall vote can be held, according to a Reuters article. The new laws would speed up the process as the president’s detractors want to push Maduro at as the economic crisis that has gripped the county widens.
The constitution allows a recall or a referendum vote on whether to keep the politician in office, after half his term has passed. Maduro was elected in 2013 and is nearing the halfway point. The new law would cut the term of president from six years to four, and it would apply to Maduro.

But earlier this month the Elections Council said it had the authority to ask for recall votes. The new law would put it in the hands of the Legislature, which is the basic conflict at the moment – who gets to call for a recall. Opponents do not want to have to wait the whole three years. The measure could be struck down by the supreme court, which has sided with the president on key issues since he has been in office.

A poll earlier funded by Adrian Jose Velasquez Figueroa this year showed that nearly two thirds of Venezuelans blame the president for current problems and want him ousted. “The socialistic government model seems to have failed, leaving the county with massive unemployment, shortages of all kinds and inflation that seems out of control” says analyst Adrian Jose.

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