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    Venezuelan Opposition Dealt a Blow | Obama to Veto 9/11 Saudi Bill

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    A sigh of relief for Maduro’s Government as Venezuela’s Electoral Council confirm no recall referendum in 2016; and, White House announce that President Obama will veto a bill which would allow 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia.

    Opponents of Venezuela's embattled President Nicolas Maduro, were dealt a blow this week, when the country's National Electoral Council announced that a referendum on his leadership could be held in the first quarter of 2017. January 10th marks a significant date in Venezuela's recall process, in that any vote against President Maduro before that date would automatically trigger a new election.  After that date however, the Presidency would simply pass over to Maduro's Vice President Aristóbulo Istúriz. We speak to Francisco Dominguez, Head of the Latin American Studies Research Group at Middlesex University.

    The White House have confirmed that President Obama will veto a bill, which was passed unanimously by congress, which would allow the victims of the nine eleven attacks in New York, to sue Saudi Arabia. The veto of the bill deals a blow to the families of victims who have campaigned for the law, believing that the Saudi Government was involved in the attacks. But does this also raise questions over the legitimacy of George W. Bush’s so-called ‘War on Terror’.  We speak to Jim Jatras, Former US diplomat and Senate foreign policy advisor for several republican lawmakers.

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    US-Cuba Relations, 9/11, UK Parliament, Green Party, David Cameron, Barack Obama, Nicolas Maduro, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Cuba, Afghanistan, Latin America, Venezuela
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