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Venezuela wakes up to opposition majority in Congress

Wednesday, January 06, 2016 - 01:18

Venezuelans are preparing to deal with a new Congress led by the opposition for the first time in 16 years. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Outside Venezuela's National Assembly, the headlines say it all. A new opposition-dominated parliament is now running the show. Residents are hoping for unity. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) JOSE SILVA, CARACAS RESIDENT SAYING: "What Venezuelans really want is a government that is truly for everyone, for all Venezuelans, that can above all else put this country to work." The new parliament was sworn in Tuesday. They'll now face a shrinking economy, soaring prices and chronic product shortages. Not to mention a possible power struggle with President Nicolas Maduro and his supporters. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) FRANCISCO EUGENIO ORELLANA, CARACAS RESIDENT, SAYING: "Here the people are calm. Yesterday the Chavistas had a civic demonstration showing we are the people. We are a people of peace, of love, and moreover it's the opposition that wanted to sabotage yesterday to say that it was us. Mr. President of the Assembly, with all respect, I am a Chavista, a Madurista, a revolutionary, please don't try to change the laws because the people will take to the streets." Maduro has accepted last month's election results but he's also dismissed the new assembly as "right-wing" and "bourgeois".

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Venezuela wakes up to opposition majority in Congress

Wednesday, January 06, 2016 - 01:18