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Venezuela's Maduro seeks decree powers to fight U.S. 'imperialist' threat

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday he would ask parliament for decree powers to “preserve peace” and “fight imperialism” after Washington declared Venezuela a national security threat and sanctioned seven officials.

Maduro, 52, said he would ask the National Assembly, controlled by the ruling Socialist Party, to grant him the special powers - for the second time in his nearly two-year rule - through a so-called Enabling Law.

Reporting by Corina Pons and Alexandra Ulmer; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne and Paul Tait

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