Setback for Chavistas

Print edition : January 08, 2016

President Nicolas Maduro at a press conference after the first results in the election were announced, in Caracas on December 7. Photo: AFP

A supporter of the opposition Democratic Unity coalition, wearing a Venezuelan national flag as a cape,at a concert to celebrate its election victory, in Caracas on December 13. Photo: /Marco Bello /REUTERS

A sign portraying Antonio Ledezma, the jailed Caracas Mayor, during the kick-off campaign for opposition candidates in the El Paraiso sector of Caracas on November 14. Photo: Wilfredo Riera/Bloomberg

Amid falling oil prices in a worsening economy and an “economic war” being waged by the private sector against the government, Venezuela’s United Socialist Party loses the National Assembly elections.
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