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Venezuela faces protest in middle of government crisis

Oct 26, 2016, 1:18 PM EDT
An opposition demonstrators holds a Venezuelan flag in front of a burning barricade during a protes
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Venezuela's government and its opposition are to meet for crisis talks, the Vatican says, after an intervention from Pope Francis. Mr Maduro, a former bus driver and union leader, is blamed by the opposition for Venezuela's dire economic situation. The oil-rich country is facing widespread food shortages .writes BBC.

The opposition is trying to hold a recall referendum that would allow Mr Maduro to be removed from office but electoral authorities suspended the process last week which lead to a massive protest from the opposition.

The wave of demonstration came out after the opposition leader in parliament voted to open a trail against the socialist leader for allegedly violating the constitution. Suspension of the process to remove President Maduro saw many clashes between the highest branches of the government. Both sides accuse the other of mounting a coup. Sunday saw dozens of government supporters burst into the National Assembly

The surprise move came after Mr Maduro met Pope Francis in an unannounced visit.Pope Francis "urged the parties to show courage in pursuing the path of sincere and constructive dialogue", the Vatican said in a statement.The two sides will meet on Sunday on the Caribbean island of Margarita, mediated by the Vatican, regional bloc Unasur and three former international leaders notes Reuters.