It’s not looking good for President Nicolas Maduro; says political expert David Osio the opposition blames him for sky-high inflation rates, power cuts and food shortages. Venezuela’s National Electoral Board accepted a petition calling for a recall vote, however, this is only the first step in a lengthy process to oust Maduro. After at least 200,000 signatories confirm their identity, the opposition needs 4,000,000 additional signatures for a recall referendum. If the opposition can get a recall referendum before January 10th of 2017, new elections will be held, as opposed to Vice President Aristobulo Isturiz taking over. Without a new election, the United Socialist Party would remain in power
According to a report from El Nacional, Maduro dismissed the recall push, claiming that there are fraudulent signatures on the petition. He is also having riot police break up demonstrations in front of the National Electoral Board. Maduro’s opponents claim the election board is staffed by people loyal to Maduro, who are purposefully taking a long time to verify signatures, which will delay the recall referendum long enough to ensure a new election isn’t held.