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CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is telling the military to prepare for a fight as the country remains tense after a landslide defeat of his socialist party in congressional elections.
Maduro told troops at a year-end celebration Saturday in Caracas that the coming year will see a political showdown between the socialist administration and its enemies.
Soldiers listened solemnly as the late President Hugo Chavez's voice rang out over loudspeakers and applauded when Maduro reminded them of his quick acceptance of Sunday's crushing legislative election loss.
All eyes are on the military after the opposition's victory because the armed forces have traditionally been the arbiter of major political fights in Venezuela.
Maduro continued to take the combative tone and told soldiers Venezuela's enemies are waging a war on its socialist system.