Electoral authorities continue stalling presidential recall efforts. President Nicolas Maduro has also often used the country's supreme court to block the new opposition in the National Assembly. Some say the country's democracy is breaking down.
Dan Hellinger of Webster University co-editor of "Boliverian Democracy in Venezuela: Participation, Politics, and Culture" breaks down the issues at stake.
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Image: Venezuelans shop for groceries at a supermarket in Cucuta, Colombia. Thousands of Venezuelans crossed the border with Colombia to take advantage of its 12-hour opening after it was closed by the Venezuelan government 11 months ago. Venezuelans rushed to Cucuta to buy food and medicine, which are scarce in their country. SCHNEYDER MENDOZA/AFP/Getty Images
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