Armed support

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (back row second from left) posing for a photo with militia members during a military parade in La Guaira, Venezuela, on Saturday. The country held what it called its biggest military exercises on Friday and Satur
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (back row second from left) posing for a photo with militia members during a military parade in La Guaira, Venezuela, on SaturREUTERS

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro posing for a photo with militia members during a military parade in La Guaira, Venezuela, on Saturday.

The country held what it called its biggest military exercises on Friday and Saturday as the unpopular President sought to display his grip on power amid an economic meltdown and an opposition push to oust him.

Last week, he imposed a 60-day state of emergency, giving extra powers to police and soldiers.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 23, 2016, with the headline 'Armed support'. Print Edition | Subscribe