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In November 2005, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gave all New Tribes missionaries ninety days to leave tribal areas of the country. This resolution effectively revokes a forty-year-old permit given to the mission (click here for more details). NTM appealed the order and on February 2, the Supreme Court handed down a preliminary decision that allowed the president's order to stand. However, the Court did allow a request for a hearing on the constitutionality of the order. In the meantime, missionaries in the tribal areas are being relocated in compliance with the order.

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