Venezuela Congress Gives 1st OK to President Decree Powers

March 11, 2015 3:49 PM

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Venezuela's Congress has approved President Nicolas Maduro's request for expanded powers, which he says he needs to protect the socialist South American country from U.S. "imperialism."

Maduro's request to enact laws for up to six months without consulting Congress was given initial approval by lawmakers Tuesday. It's expected to gain final approval Sunday.

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