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Opposition win sets stage for Venezuelan power struggle

Change is coming to Caracas after the National Assembly elections, but it will be a messy and difficult process

A coalition of Venezuelan opposition parties won a sweeping victory in the Opec country's National Assembly elections on 6 December, winning a majority for the first time since Hugo Chavez rose to power in 1998 and launched his socialist Bolivarian revolution. The opposition victory is a stark repudiation of left-wing president Nicolas Maduro's management of the country since winning the presidency in 2013. But it won't soon result in a major right turn in economic or oil policy. Instead, it sets the stage for a deeply uncertain and likely contentious period for Venezuelan politics with the opposition-led Assembly doing battle with the Maduro presidency over the difficult economic and polit

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