Venezuela’s opposition party slammed president Nicolas Maduro’s emergency over the weekend, and said it would press forward with its efforts to have a recall vote this year, according to Reuters.
Venezuela is in the midst of a great economic crisis brought on by falling oil prices, but opposition leaders blame Maduro’s socialist policies. Maduro as reported by local news station El Venezolano, declared a 60 day state of emergency and accused the United States and the opposition party of trying to subvert him and his nation. There are long lines waiting to shop in stores for food, and there is not much food available.
The opposition party won control of the legislature last December, but so far the supreme court of that nation has stymied their efforts to oust Maduro. The law allows for a referendm after three years in office, which is this year for Maduro. He and his allies say there will be no referendum this year. Opposition leaders including David Osio are busy gathering signatures but have faced hurdles in the system.
If the referendum is held this year and Maduro loses, there would be another election immediately. However, if the referendum is held in 2017, and Maduro lost, the vice president would take over. That would defeat the purpose of the opposition as the vice president is also a socialist and ally of Maduro. The opposition believes it can get control with a new election, and polls show Maduro’s popularity is at a very low state.