Having failed to remove Maduro in protests, earlier this year, that led to 125 deaths and thousands of arrests, the opposition was confident a strong showing on Sunday could be parlayed into victory in next year’s presidential election.
Turkey and Venezuela don't have many things in common but they do understand realpolitik.
Venezuela calls the move an effort to free the socialist-run country from the "tyranny of the dollar," echoing a plan recently announced by President Nicolas Maduro.
Two weeks after Trump threatened military action against Venezuela, the Venezuelan military starts two days of military exercises across the country. The drills come a day after the US imposed new financial sanctions on Venezuela.
Venezuela's top prosecutor says she has "a lot" of proof implicating the president in a corruption scheme, and warns that her life remains in danger.
Ex-chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega, who fled Venezuela after being hit with charges of alleged corruption, was offered asylum by Colombia as it joined other countries in criticising President Nicolas Maduro's rule.
While Venezuelans make up the highest number of asylum seekers heading to the US, there are many who are now looking to move to the EU.
Latin American countries alarmed at the potential return of US military intervention in Venezuela are fearful of the dark old days of the Monroe Doctrine. Regional mediation—not threats from the White House—is the key to solving the crisis.
"We are Chavistas to the death. When Maduro gives an order, I will serve as a soldier for a free Venezuela, to fight against imperialism," Argentine football hero Diego Maradona writes in support of Venezuela's embattled President Nicolas Maduro.
Tensions remain high in Venezuela, where a controversial new legislative superbody has put government supporters and the opposition at loggerheads.
The dismissal came after Luisa Ortega Diaz denounced a "military siege" of her office by soldiers who had surrounded and prevented her from entering her workplace.
Its 500-plus-members, who include Maduro's wife and son, are led by Delcy Rodriguez, Maduro's former foreign minister.
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