Venezuela opposition accuses government of 'coup'

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Caracas (AFP)

A furious Venezuelan opposition accused the Socialist government Friday of staging a coup by blocking its drive for a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro.

"A coup d'etat has been carried out in Venezuela," Henrique Capriles, a leading figure in the center right-dominated MUD coalition, told a press conference, a day after authorities annulled a key stage in the referendum process.