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Lawmakers grant Maduro decree powers in Venezuela

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro gestures during a news conference at Miraflores Palace in Caracas, November 15, 2013. REUTERS/Jorge Sil
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro gestures during a news conference at Miraflores Palace in Caracas, November 15, 2013. REUTERS/Jorge Sil

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan lawmakers granted year-long decree powers to President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday that he says he needs to fix the economy and stamp out graft, but the opposition sees as a thinly veiled power grab.

The National Assembly's vote to approve the so-called Enabling Law had been widely expected after Maduro garnered the two-thirds support he needed, or 99 votes, during a preliminary debate last week.

(Reporting by Daniel Wallis; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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