Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference after reshuffling his cabinet, at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on January 6, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PRESIDENCIA
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Venezuela's political crisis deepened Thursday as the government vowed to stop the center-right opposition using its new legislative powers to try and oust President Nicolas Maduro.The opposition laid claim to a big majority in the National Assembly state legislature which could empower it to force out Maduro. Political uncertainty reigned Thursday as Maduro's side vowed to sue the opposition for contempt of court for swearing in a two-thirds supermajority in the assembly, in defiance of a government legal challenge.The MUD has vowed to find a way within six months to get rid of Maduro by constitutional means.Facing a "new stage of the Revolution" and a "bourgeois legislature," Maduro said his new cabinet team would work on the "grave economic situation" and retool his party's policies.Maduro has vowed to veto that move.
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