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    Venezuelan President Maduro to Appear Before National Assembly Amid Impeachment

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    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will appear before the National Assembly on Tuesday, November 1, to defend himself against the accusations of democracy violation.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On October 25, the opposition-dominated National Assembly voted in favor of beginning impeachment proceedings. On the same day, parliament also voted for urging Maduro to attend the meeting of the congress where criminal and political responsibility of the president, as well as his resignation, are expected to be on top of the agenda.

    Maduro accused the National Assembly of a coup and called a Defense Council meeting to assess the situation.

    Relations of Maduro and the parliament have been strained since the election of a new opposition-controlled parliament in January, as the opposition was not in favor of the current leader, in particular, it considered the issue of Maduro's impeachment, as well as tried to introduce an amendment to reduce the term of the president from six to four years.

    Public support for Maduro has dropped to record low levels after falling oil prices strained Venezuela’s budget and sparked high inflation and shortages of goods.


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