MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles, over 70,000 people had their signatures validated on Monday, the BBC broadcaster reported.
"What we saw today were queues across the country. That's a warning for Maduro," Capriles reportedly said.
The benchmark number of validated signatures needed for the authorities to launch a public referendum on the issue stands at 200,000, according to the media.
Public support for the president has dropped to record lows after falling oil prices strained oil-rich Venezuela’s budget, sparking high inflation and product shortages.