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Its leaders have been thrown in jail, banned from politics and deeply divided, but Venezuela's opposition nonetheless looks set to bruise President Nicolas Maduro by winning control of the National Assembly.Sixteen years into late president Hugo Chavez's leftist "revolution," opinion polls indicate the opposition is poised to win legislative elections Sunday for the first time since the firebrand leader came to power.Another 75 are being held as "political prisoners," the opposition says, including protest leader Leopoldo Lopez, who was sentenced to nearly 14 years in September in a case that drew condemnation from the U.N. and human rights groups.The opposition coalition, the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), heads into the elections leading the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) and its allies by as much as 35 percentage points, according to one poll.Lopez, a 44-year-old economist with a master's degree from Harvard, was the most visible leader of massive protests that shook Venezuela last year and left 43 people dead.
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