Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro attends a meeting with representatives of international and national mining companies, at the headquarters of the Venezuelan Central Bank in Caracas, Venezuela August 5, 2016. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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Venezuela's opposition-led legislature is fighting for air as the crisis-hit country's government throttles it, threatening to cut off its cash and even its electricity.The National Assembly is the one institutional weapon the opposition has in its fight to oust President Nicolas Maduro, whom it blames for a severe recession, chronic food shortages and mounting chaos.The controversial rulings have fueled opposition accusations that the high court is loyal to Maduro.Maduro blames the country's deep recession and hyperinflation on wealthy business magnates he says are conspiring against his government.With Maduro's camp accused of stalling, it looks increasingly unlikely the opposition will be able to force a recall vote in time.Maduro responded to the swearing-in by threatening to cut off state funding for the assembly.Maduro calls the opposition assembly members "devils".Maduro also has the public support of the military.
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