Venezuela is in the grips of a major economic crisis. Inflation is soaring and energy blackouts and food shortages have become part of daily life. Two-thirds of Venezuelans want Nicolas Maduro to go.
The EU has called on Nicolas Maduro's government to hold "free, transparent and credible elections" on May 20. Venezuela's opposition coalition says it will boycott the vote if they are not free and fair.
Venezuela has announced it is halting commercial relations with Panamanian officials and firms. The move comes after Panama said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was considered at "high risk" for laundering money.
A rural community and a Caracas slum have created their own currencies in response to Venezuela's rapid inflation. Proponents have pinned their hopes on these local-based alternatives, but critics say they aren't viable.
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.
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