Amid unrest, looting and electricity rationing, Venezuela president becomes recall target

Amid looting and unrest in several Venezuelan cities over electricity rationing and scarcities of food, medicine and even coffins, Venezuela’s opposition on Wednesday launched a recall drive to remove President Nicolas Maduro from office.

For months, citizens have stood for hours in line to make basic purchases, but a worsening electricity crisis is sapping many Venezuelans of what little patience they had left. To save power, government offices are open only two half-days a week, and most areas outside Caracas, the capital, will go without electricity for four hours a day through May. Friday classes at schools across the country have been canceled until further...