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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.

Country Information

31,689,176 (July 2018 est.)

Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Arab, German, African, indigenous people

Religion (%)
Nominally Roman Catholic (96), Protestant (2), other (2)

President Nicolas Maduro Moros

Government type
Federal presidential republic

Legal system
Civil law system based on the Spanish civil code

Sources: CIA World Factbook

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