Nicolas Maduro

Venezuelan opposition says hurdle cleared in Maduro recall

Venezuela's opposition said Wednesday that officials have validated enough signatures to proceed to the next phase of a referendum to recall unpopular President Nicolas Maduro.

Opposition leader Jesus Torrealba said election officials confirmed the validity of some 407,000 signatures that were under review, more than double the 200,000 signatures required.

"There is no formal, legal or technical excuse for them not to immediately convoke the next phase" of the referendum process, Torrealba told The Associated Press.

The National Election Council has not confirmed the validation of the signatures, but Torrealba said he expects an announcement soon.