Venezuelan leader closer to decree powers

March 11, 2015 12:41 PM

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Venezuelan leader closer to decree powers

CARACAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro moved closer on Wednesday to ruling by decree after the legislature held a first vote that would allow him to act against "external or internal" threats to peace.

Amid deteriorating relations with Washington, Maduro attended the session of the National Assembly to ask for the special legislative powers to confront perceived a US threat.

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