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Venezuela's Last-Ditch Effort at a Peaceful Political Transition

Nov 8, 2016 | 09:00 GMT
Venezuela's Last-Ditch Effort at a Peaceful Political Transition
Students protest in San Cristobal on Nov. 3 against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The government and opposition groups are beginning talks to overcome their impasse.
(AFP/GEORGE CASTELLANOS)

The Venezuelan government and its political opponents are trying to move beyond their current impasse: The opposition is intent on using a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro from power, and his administration is intent on preventing it. Unless the two can come to an agreement in their most recent round of talks, a violent attempt to overthrow the government is possible. Reaching a compromise, however, will not be easy. Both Caracas and the opposition are divided among themselves, and early elections would require an overwhelming consensus in the government -- something that lately has been in short supply....

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