Around 1,000 Venezuelans rallied against President Maduro in the country's capital, Caracas. The protesters were demanding authorities stop stalling over a recall vote for Maduro’s ouster.
The Venezuelan president has proposed a general election to coincide with a presidential vote slated for April. If it goes ahead, the opposition could lose parliament after announcing a boycott of the election.
The decision of the Popular Will party to boycott April's election underscores divisions within the opposition. The opposition alliance is yet to decide on an election strategy.
Venezuela's Constituent Assembly has backed plans for a presidential election before April 30, months ahead of schedule. But neighboring countries say the move to allow Nicolas Maduro a second term lacks legitimacy.
The US could broaden existing sanctions against Venezuela to cover the South American country's important oil industry. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the goal was to return Venezuela to a democratic path.
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