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Economic and social conditions in Venezuela have declined rapidly since the 2013 election of current President Nicolas Maduro. Here's a timeline of recent events. (John Moore)
August 2: Antonio Mugica, chief executive of Smartmatic, the company that provided Venezuela's voting technology, said there was a discrepancy of at least a million votes between the officially declared tally in the July 30th election to the Constituent Assembly and the one his company recorded. President Nicol��s Maduro declared a sweeping victory.
Aug. 1, 2017: Leading Venezuelan opposition figures Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma have been taken from their homes, according to their families.Their rounding up comes after a controversial election handed President Nicol��s Maduro a new legislative body made up entirely of his supporters. Pictured is Maduro. (Spencer Platt)
July 30, 2017: President Nicolas Maduro's government held a vote that will replace the opposition-controlled National Assembly with an entirely new legislature known as the Constituent Assembly filled with his supporters.Ten people were killed Sunday in the bloodiest day of protests since March 2017. In all, 125 people have died. (Stefano Pozzebon)
July 2017: Maduro calls for a controversial election to rewrite the country's constitution, and protests are banned ahead of it. Yet anti-government organizers plan a series of events prior to the July 30 election date.
July 5, 2017: Armed with pipes, sticks and stones, supporters of Maduro stormed the country's National Assembly in Caracas and attacked opposition lawmakers, witnesses said.
May 2017: Maduro announces he has signed an executive order paving the way for changes in the constitution that will reshape the legislature and redefine his executive powers. Opposition leaders express concern that the changes could enable Maduro to consolidate power in the executive branch.
April 20-21, 2017: At least 13 people are killed in protests in a single 24-hour period.
April 2017: Maduro orders armed forces into the streets following weeks of deadly, anti-government protests.
Venezuelans protest against the Venezuelan government as Florida Governor Rick Scott hosts a Venezuelan Freedom Rally at El Arepazo 2 to show his support for the release of Venezuelan prisoner Leopoldo Lopez on May 8, 2017, in Miami, Florida. Lopez was jailed after he was found guilty in 2014 for inciting violence during protests against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro. (Joe Raedle)
January 2016: Maduro declares a state of "economic emergency." The country's economic woes are rooted in falling oil prices, plummeting currency rates, power struggles within the government and ongoing food shortages.
December 2015: Venezuela's opposition party wins the majority of seats in elections to the National Assembly, a repudiation of Maduro. It is the first major shift in power in the legislative branch since Chavez took office in 1999. (CNNMoney)
March 2015: President Barack Obama issues an executive order meant to address the human rights crisis in Venezuela, with sanctions against seven individuals. (Ditzer, Jay)
February 2014: Deadly protests are held in response to economic problems and a spike in crime. Some demonstrations turn violent, with at least three protestors dying amid the unrest.