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Venezuela Assembly gives president emergency powers

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CARACAS, Venezuela — Throngs of red-clad supporters marched to Venezuela’s presidential palace Tuesday night to deliver a coveted gift to its occupant, Nicolas Maduro: the power to rule by decree.

After a three-month battle, the National Assembly narrowly approved a measure that will allow Maduro to issue laws governing corruption and the economy for 12 months without going through congress.

Maduro says he needs the emergency power, or habilitante, to root out graft and fight an “economic war” that has…

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