Maduro Closes in on Venezuela Poll Triumph Amid Opposition Boycott

The United States, the European Union and many Latin American countries have long blamed Venezuela's crippling economic crisis on Maduro's repression and misrule. The Organization of American States said it will not recognize the result.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (AFP) Venezuelans voted Sunday, December 6th, in legislative elections set to tighten President Nicolas Maduro's grip on power and further weaken his US-backed opposition rival Juan Guaidó, who is leading a boycott of the polls he calls a fraud.

The boycott by the main opposition parties meant there was no doubt of victory for Maduro's ruling Socialist Party, giving it control of an expanded 227-seat National Assembly -- the only institution not in its hands.

Maduro told reporters after voting in Caracas' main military barracks that it was time to end the opposition . . .

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