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Venezuelan opposition to use all legal means to force Maduro out of office

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MUD's "2016 Roadmap" puts Maduro's resignation at the top of its list of possibilities, and Torrealba announced that next Saturday it will organize the first demonstration in the streets of Caracas to demand it

Venezuela's MUD opposition alliance said Tuesday it will use all the constitutional resources at its command to force out President Nicolas Maduro, now midway through a six-year term.

"MUD has unanimously decided to construct the most powerful democratic movement of popular pressure that ever existed in order to activate all the mechanisms of democratic change to be found in our constitution," alliance chief Jesus Torrealba told a joint press conference, together with congressional speaker Henry Ramos Allup and other members of the opposition alliance.

Among the possible mechanisms, Torrealba cited the resignation of the president himself, the passing of a constitutional amendment to shorten the presidential term from six years to four, and organizing a presidential recall referendum.

MUD's "2016 Roadmap" puts Maduro's resignation at the top of its list of possibilities, and Torrealba announced that next Saturday it will organize the first demonstration in the streets of Caracas to demand it.

While MUD has a majority in the National Assembly, a constitutional amendment would have to be approved by the voters.

The text read by Torrealba insists that "faced with a runaway economic and social crisis that threatens to destroy what little remains of institutional stability and unity among our citizens," the MUD "repeats to Venezuela's people and to the international community its commitment to reach a political, electoral, constitutional and peaceful solution this year."

The present constitution was adopted in Venezuela through a referendum held in 1999 under the late Hugo Chavez, predecessor and political mentor of Maduro.

Chavez emerged unscathed in 2004 from a recall referendum organized by the opposition.