Venezuelans vote for Congress with Socialist Party majority at risk

December 6, 2015 6:07 AM

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CARACAS Venezuelans elect a new legislature on Sunday in a vote that may punish the ruling Socialist Party for a prolonged economic crisis and could strengthen the opposition's efforts to challenge the broadly unpopular President Nicolas Maduro.

Polls show frustration over chronic product shortages and runaway inflation, signaling that voters could hand Venezuela's socialists their first loss in parliament since their movement's founder, late president Hugo Chavez, took office in 1999.

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