Venezuela socialist party boss stirs up support on talk show
MARACAY, Venezuela (AP) — It was show time for the most-watched program on Venezuela's normally sleep-inducing state TV: Episode No. 240 of "Hitting it With a Sledgehammer," the talk show hosted by one of the ruling socialist party's most-revered — and reviled — leaders.
A military salsa band playing pro-government songs stirred up a live audience of several thousand state employees, pilot cadets and ideological die-hards.
Venezuela’s dueling political movements each push elections
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's opposition-dominated congress on Tuesday said it will hold new elections as soon as possible within a year — once embattled President Nicolas Maduro is ousted from power.
Meanwhile, Venezuela's socialist party boss, Diosdado Cabello, threatened to hold early legislative elections that could gut the congress, which is the only branch of government controlled by the opposition. He accused the opposition of taking orders from the United States.
Venezuela quells soldiers’ revolt, top court blasts congress
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela plunged deeper into turmoil Monday as security forces put down a pre-dawn uprising by national guardsmen that triggered violent street protests, and the Supreme Court moved to undercut the opposition-controlled congress' defiant new leadership.
Socialist party chief Diosdado Cabello said 27 guardsmen were arrested and more could be detained as the investigation unfolds.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Pro-government factions mobilized thousands of Venezuelans dressed in red — the color of the ruling socialist party — onto the streets of the capital on Monday in a bid to show the country remains united around President Nicolas Maduro after what the government described as a thwarted assassination attempt.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — An annual gathering of Venezuelan socialists took an unexpected turn when the lights went out just as they were about to select President Nicolas Maduro as their party's leader.
The blackout happened Monday right as Diosdado Cabello was urging socialist party delegates to give Maduro unlimited power to "strengthen the party and revolution."
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's all-powerful National Constitutional Assembly has named as its new chief a man deemed by U.S. officials to be an international drug trafficker.
Socialist party boss Diosdado Cabello took the oath as the assembly's president Tuesday.
The international community condemned the Constitutional Assembly's formation last year as President Nicolas Maduro's move to rob power from the opposition-controlled National Assembly.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Trump administration has slapped sanctions on Venezuelan socialist party boss Diosdado Cabello, accusing him of drug trafficking and heading a major corruption network that siphoned off funds from state-run companies to accounts in Russia and other countries.
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama has placed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and other top officials on a watch list for money laundering.
The National Commission Against Money Laundering published a resolution naming 55 people and 16 Venezuelan companies "considered high risk for money laundering" and financing terrorism.
Panama's Economy and Finance Ministry explained in a statement that the resolution heightens due diligence over the people and entities on the list.
Maduro picked as Venezuela’s socialist party candidate
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's ruling socialist party has officially tapped President Nicolas Maduro as its candidate for this year's election.
Socialist party chief Diosdado Cabello on Friday announced the unanimous decision. The government has said the election will be held by the end of April.
Maduro succeeded the late President Hugo Chavez, leading the oil-rich country into a deepening crisis marked by soaring inflation and shortages of food and medicine.
EU imposes sanctions on 7 senior Venezuelan officials
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union imposed economic and travel sanctions Monday on seven senior Venezuelan officials accused of human rights abuses or breaching the rule of law in the crisis-ridden country.
The move comes after U.S. authorities levied sanctions against dozens of Venezuela's leaders, including President Nicolas Maduro, and was adopted "as the political, social and economic situation in Venezuela continues to deteriorate," EU headquarters said in a statement.
Venezuelan assembly demands probe and trial of ‘traitors’
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The all-powerful constitutional assembly passed a decree Tuesday ordering authorities to investigate and try Venezuelans believed responsible for supporting new U.S. economic sanctions.
The decree declares all those who promoted the latest U.S. response to the socialist government's handling of the country's political conflict as "traitors of the patria" and directs the chief prosecutor's office to immediately initiate a probe.
What’s next? New Venezuela assembly has vast powers
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The newly elected assembly that will rewrite Venezuela's constitution will have nearly unlimited legal power to install an even more staunchly socialist state, but its very creation has spawned opposition at home and abroad that threatens to deepen the country's political and economic crisis.
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The 545 delegates elected Sunday are expected to convene within 72 hours after the official results are announced, which could come early this week.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolas Maduro called on his wife and other heavyweights in the ruling socialist party Thursday night to lead the government's campaign to rewrite the constitution.
Maduro said first lady Cilia Flores as well as his foreign minister and other top aides will lead a slate of candidates competing for seats in a special assembly that is to rewrite the constitution.
MADRID (AP) — Relatives and lawyers of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez want the Red Cross to verify his health and are seeking to bring President Nicolas Maduro's government before a Spanish court for alleged terrorism crimes.
Spain's laws allow judges to take on cases for crimes committed outside of the country as long as the victims are Spanish, although very few have succeeded.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez rushed to Caracas' military hospital late Wednesday seeking information on her husband after a report on social media said he had been taken there with a medical emergency — a scare that proved to be wrong.
"Please, can you inform us if anyone brought Leopoldo here? Did he enter or not?" Lilian Tintori could be heard pleading tearfully through the metal bars at the hospital's entrance.