Grumbling Venezuelans are lining up for scarce gasoline across the OPEC nation, due to mounting oil industry woes in the country with the world's largest crude reserves. Rumors are rife that fuel supplies are running out.
Venezuelan voters are returning to polling booths, this time to select mayors in all of the South American state’s 335 municipalities. It is the last national election ahead of next year's presidential race.
President Nicolas Maduro said three parties which boycotted mayoral elections should be ineligible for future votes. He said the ruling party won at least 90 percent of the 335 mayorships.
Venezuela's opposition has said it won't be bullied out of participating in future elections, a day after threats by President Nicolas Maduro. The US said it stands with Venezuelans as they "seek to restore democracy."
Venezuela has arrested a former minister and ex-chief of the state oil company on corruption and sabotage charges. But opposition lawmakers have warned the arrests form part of the president's plans to consolidate power.
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