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Venezuelan court rejects proposal to cut president's term

Venezuela's Supreme Court has rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to cut President Nicolas Maduro's term from six to four years. The court ruled that the amendment could not be applied retroactively to Mr. Maduro's current term.
      
The amendment was proposed by the opposition, which won control of the legislature last year. The opposition has tried various means to oust Mr. Maduro, including constitutional reform and a referendum. 
     
According to Venezuelan law, leaders can be recalled halfway through their term by a popular referendum. Mr. Maduro's six-year term reaches its midpoint on Tuesday.


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