Political Unrest
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Power outage increases tension in Venezuela

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/08/19, 11:52 am

A power outage affecting 22 of Venezuela’s 23 states continued for a second day Friday, further complicating the country’s ongoing political crisis. The blackout began Thursday afternoon due to a suspected failure at a major hydroelectric plant in the southern state of Bolivar. Commuters in the capital city of Caracas had to walk home after the outage affected subway service, and the international airport remained mostly without power.

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Dueling UN resolutions on Venezuela fail

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/01/19, 12:02 pm

The UN Security Council on Thursday rejected rival resolutions from the United States and Russia that backed the opposing sides in Venezuela’s ongoing political unrest. The United States called for free elections in the country and formally recognized National Assembly Leader Juan Guaidó as interim president after he invoked a clause in the Venezuelan Constitution in January. Russia threw its support behind embattled President Nicolás Maduro and rejected any interference in the country. Russia and China vetoed the U.S.

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Aid delivery to Venezuela turns violent

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/25/19, 12:10 pm

Venezuelan leader Juan Guaidó over the weekend called on the international community to consider “all options” in ending the country’s crisis after an attempt to bring in much-needed aid resulted in violent clashes. Forces loyal to embattled President Nicolás Maduro used tear gas and live ammunition on protesters and opposition members who tried to transport food and medicine across the country’s borders with Brazil and Colombia. At least two people died, and 300 others sustained injuries.

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