Venezuela’s socialist government says a national election has given it a popular mandate to dramatically recast the country’s political system even as condemnations of the process have poured in from nations abroad and opponents at home.
President Nicolas Maduro has pressed ahead with the vote despite the threat of further U.S. sanctions and months of opposition protests in which around 120 people have been killed
Violence marred Venezuela’s controversial election on Sunday, marked by the deaths of at least seven people, as Venezuelans trickled to the polls to vote to elect a new assembly that would rewrite the country’s constitution and give the government virtually unlimited powers.
Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro excoriated opposition protesters on Sunday for setting a man on fire during a demonstration, accusing them of targeting him for being pro-government. Witnesses say the crowd accused the man of being a thief.
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