In Venezuela, a Shambolic Opening for a Dramatic 2016

Opposition congressmen shout "Yes we could!" during the inaugural session of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Caracas, Venezuela, Jan. 5, 2016 (AP photo by Fernando Llano).
Opposition congressmen shout "Yes we could!" during the inaugural session of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Caracas, Venezuela, Jan. 5, 2016 (AP photo by Fernando Llano).

Venezuela’s opposition officially assumed control of the country’s legislature Tuesday for the first time since the charismatic socialist Hugo Chavez took power 17 years ago. The congressional swearing-in ceremony was gripping and suspenseful, but also a shambolic, sweltering and chaotic exercise, a fitting start to what promises to be an even more contentious era in Venezuela’s already turbulent political saga. The uncertainty in the air was accompanied by a sense of foreboding mixed with excitement. Competing street demonstrations and political battles that raged outside and inside the parliament building made it abundantly clear that neither side has any intention of […]

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