Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro warns of the imminent demise of the opposition-led parliament and the existence of an alleged U.S. plot to ultimately force him out of power. Rough Cut - Subtitled (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro predicted on Wednesday (May 17) the imminent demise of Venezuela's opposition-led parliament, amid an acrimonious conflict of powers that is delaying solutions to its economic crisis. The 53-year-old socialist leader did not specify further on what could happen to the legislature, although last month he threatened a constitutional amendment to cut short its five-year term. Maduro also spoke about the existence of an alleged plot orchestrated by the United States aimed at creating a scenario of violence in this South American country to justify a foreign military intervention to force him out of power. U.S. intelligence officials said last week they were increasingly concerned about the potential for an economic and political meltdown in Venezuela, spurred by fears of a debt default, growing street protests and deterioration of its oil sector.