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Riots in Venezuela after officials reject referendum on Chavez

Rioters blocked roads and burned tires in Caracas after election officials said the opposition had not collected enough signatures to demand a recall referendum of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Bags of garbage burned in residential areas of Caracas after National Electoral Council chief Francisco Carrasquero said that more than 1.8 million signature were valid, but some 876,000 others were doubtful. Just over 2.4 million signatures were needed. Tuesday’s announcement left the opposition short 600,000 signatures. The Organization of American States (OAS) and election observers working with former US president Jimmy Carter called immediately for both sides to continue on a democratic path. They also criticized some aspects of the way signatures had been checked. Full Story

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