Venezuela's president threatens opposition over attempted ouster

12 Jan 2017 | By Abheet Sethi

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said his country's opposition would face "dire consequences" for their latest "coup."

A motion was declared in the opposition-controlled parliament declaring that Maduro "abandoned his post" by failing to tackle the Latin American country's economic crisis.

Maduro said he would create an "anti-coup commando squad" comprising of senior security officials.

In context: Venezuela's president threatens opposition over attempted "coup"

ExplainedWhy Maduro and opposition are clashing

The opposition blames Maduro for recession, food shortages, widespread power cuts and, subsequent lootings and deadly riots.

The opposition has been attempting to push forth a recall referendum to end Maduro's presidency.

Maduro blames the crisis on a US-backed capitalist conspiracy and accuses the opposition of orchestrating a "coup" against him.

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Tomas Guanipa of the opposition party said the measure was taken by Maduro because he was scared of being 'recalled'.

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12 Jan 2017Venezuela's president threatens opposition over attempted ouster