Venezuela's Maduro seeks decree powers to face U.S. 'imperialism'

March 10, 2015 2:56 PM

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CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro was seeking special decree powers from Venezuela's parliament on Tuesday in response to new U.S. sanctions, drawing opposition protests of a power-grab.

If as expected the government-controlled National Assembly approves his request for an "Enabling Law", it would be the second time the 52-year-old successor to Hugo Chavez has gained these expanded powers since winning election in 2013.

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