Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has claimed victory in an election to pick a controversial new constitution-writing body that prompted deadly violence and international condemnation.
Venezuela’s National Electoral Council announced on Sunday that more than eight million people voted to grant Maduro’s ruling Socialist Party virtually unlimited powers with a Constituent Assembly.
The turnout was more than double the estimates of both the government’s political opponents and independent experts. “We have a Constituent Assembly,” Maduro said in a speech to hundreds of supporters in central Caracas after the electoral authority put the voter turnout at 41.5 percent. “It is the biggest vote the revolution has ever scored in its 18-year history.”
Maduro was referring to the year his mentor Hugo Chavez came to power…
Read more : Aljazeera, 31.07.2017