The United States “dreams of dividing” a “Chavista” military fiercely loyal to Venezuela’s socialist government, president Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday, as the military comes under scrutiny in the crisis-gripped OPEC nation.

Maduro and the opposition are at loggerheads over a referendum to recall him. Authorities say the vote will not happen this year, while the opposition says an unpopular Maduro must be removed to keep a brutal recession from worsening.

Some opposition supporters hope factions of Venezuela’s opaque but powerful military will nudge the former bus driver and union leader to allow the vote.

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