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CARACAS, Venezuela – The clock has run out on the Venezuelan opposition's effort to oust the ruling socialists in a recall vote.
The opposition spent 2016 calling for a referendum against President Nicolas Maduro. Courts and electoral officials friendly to the administration blocked that campaign at every turn.
A recall is still legally possible. But Tuesday marks the midpoint of Maduro's six-year term. The constitution says any successful recall vote after this date would have Maduro replaced by his hard-line vice president rather than prompting a new election an opponent might win.
The opposition-controlled congress is expected to restart a symbolic political trial of Maduro Monday.