Will be or won't be - Maduro's recall

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro is using the state to derail the recall process and the opposition is using Social Media, independant media and the international community to keep it on track

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has said that a referendum the opposition is trying to call to oust him will not take place this year.

There was no time to organise the recall referendum, said Mr Maduro.

On Friday the National Electoral Council (CNE) declared more than 600,000 signatures on a petition for the referendum invalid.

On the other side Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles said on Sunday that socialist President Nicolas Maduro would be removed from office this year and insisted that government opponents had gathered the quantity of signatures – 1 percent of the voting population – needed for the first phase of the recall referendum process.

Maduro “will be recalled this year, period,” the two-time presidential candidate said at a political rally in Caracas a day after the president used similar language to say no referendum on his tenure would be held in 2016.

Capriles also slammed the National Electoral Council, or CNE, for declaring more than 600,000 signatures invalid, saying it was clear – based on its big victory in last December’s legislative elections – that the opposition “obviously has the 1 percent of signatures,” roughly 200,000, needed at this stage of the process.

Timing essential
President Maduro accused the opposition of fraud and said he would ask the Supreme Court on Monday to annul the process.

"If they meet the requirements, the recall referendum will take place next year, full stop" said Mr Maduro at a rally in Caracas.

"If they don't meet the requirements, there will be no recall referendum, full stop."

Timing is essential for both sides. If the referendum is held by 10 January 2017 and President Maduro loses, a new election will be called.

If it is held after that date and the vote goes against him, his vice-president takes over and remains in power until the end of the presidential term, in January 2019.

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