Venezuela’s Maduro goes to court to block referendum

– Venezuela’s government has asked the Supreme Court to reject the opposition’s proposal to hold a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro from office, BBC News reports.

It accused the leaders of the recall referendum movement of fraud.

On Friday, June 10 the National Electoral Council (CNE) declared more than 600,000 signatures on a petition for the referendum invalid.

The opposition says the electoral authorities are biased against them.

Venezuela is on the brink of economic collapse, facing high inflation and the shortage of food and basic goods.

The opposition blames the Socialist policies of Maduro and his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, for the country’s economic decline.