Venezuela’s Opposition-held Congress Extends Term After Disputed Vote

Saturday’s vote paves the way for opposition leader Juan Guaidó, recognized by dozens of countries as the crisis-stricken nation’s legitimate leader, to retain his role as the parliament’s speaker.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Venezuela’s opposition-held National Assembly on Saturday, December 26th, approved a statute extending its term into 2021, after a disputed December 6th election in which allies of President Nicolas Maduro’s ruling socialist party won 91% of the seats in Congress.

The South American country’s four main opposition parties boycotted the parliamentary vote, arguing conditions for a free and fair election were not met, and most Western democracies, including the United States, have said they do not recognize the election results.

Saturday’s vote paves the way for opposition leader Juan Guaidó, recognized by . . .

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