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Venezuelan Opposition to Hold Mock Vote on New Constitution

Venezuelan Opposition to Hold Mock Vote on New Constitution

Monday, 03 July 2017 02:38 PM

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's opposition is seeking to hold a symbolic referendum to give voters the opportunity to reject President Nicolas Maduro's plans to rewrite the constitution.

The plan announced Monday by National Assembly President Julio Borges is an escalation of the opposition's effort to fight Maduro's proposal. He says the vote would be held July 16, which is two weeks before Maduro is asking Venezuelans to go to the polls to choose delegates for a special assembly to overhaul the 1999 constitution.

Three months of protests against Maduro have left at least 80 people dead and hundreds injured or jailed.

Maduro has vowed to present any new constitution for a vote for ratification but the opposition argues that just holding a constitutional assembly requires a popular mandate beforehand.

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Venezuela's opposition is seeking to hold a symbolic referendum to give voters the opportunity to reject President Nicolas Maduro's plans to rewrite the constitution.The plan announced Monday by National Assembly President Julio Borges is an escalation of the opposition's...
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