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Majority reject Maduro's plan to amendments to Venezuelan constitution

Majority reject Maduro's plan to amendments to Venezuelan constitution”

The anti-government protests, and their clashes with government security forces, have seen almost 100 people killed and more than 1,500 injured in the three and a half months that followed.

Observers said more than seven million Venezuelans have overwhelmingly supported the opposition's unofficial referendum, which partly rejects President Nicolas Maduro's attempt to rewrite the Constitution. One pointed to the rejection of the Constituent Assembly convened by Maduro; Another, asked if the Bolivarian National Armed Forces were "required to obey and defend the Constitution"; And the last one, inquired whether they supported a renewal of public powers and the formation of a Government of national unity.

Venezuela's opposition called on Monday for a national shutdown against President Nicolas Maduro in a major escalation of protests against a leftist government it accuses of flouting the people's will.

Support for Maduro's constituent assembly stands at about 30 percent, while the president's approval rating is 20 percent as the country experiences high inflation and an economic downward spiral, according to pollster Datanalisis.

Sunday's vote was a strong but not overwhelming showing that fell short of the 7.7 million votes garnered by the opposition in 2015 legislative elections and the 7.5 million votes that brought Maduro to power in 2013. "We have given an indisputable mandate for a new Venezuela starting tomorrow".

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The vote on the amendment, which appeared to have significant Republican support, came after a heated afternoon debate. House of Representatives, on July 13, rejected 214-209 a budget amendment , put forward by U.S.

A total of 7,186,170 Venezuelans participated in the unofficial referendum on Sunday despite it not being backed by the government, reports Efe news.

The opposition plans to burn ballot papers from the informal poll so those who voted against the government can not be identified and victimized.

When asked if the European Union will explore sanctions against Venezuelan leaders, Mogherini echoed the Spanish foreign affairs minister that defended "specific" and "selective" sanctions against "individual" leaders in Venezuela if the elections to the Constituent Assembly are held.

Polls indicate many Venezuelans support neither the opposition nor the socialist government installed by late President Hugo Chavez.

The referendum Sunday was also marred by violence.

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Opposition leaders said that was because it was only able to set up 2,000 polling places in a largely symbolic exercise that the government labeled as illegitimate.

Venezuelan bishops have warned that President Maduro is seeking to establish a "socialist, Marxist and militaristic" state as tensions continue to rise in the Latin American country.

"I'm calling on the opposition to return to peace, to respect for the constitution, to sit and talk", the president said. Attorney General Luisa Ortega broke ranks with the government over the constituent assembly and the erosion of democracy under the Maduro government. "As if they are autonomous and decide on their own", he said.

The opposition blamed a "paramilitary" gang for the shooting, which prosecutors said they would investigate.

It is unclear what changes Maduro plans to enact, but opposition members fear any branch of government that doesn't fall in line with Maduro will be left powerless.

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Shops and business establishments opened despite the day being Sunday while private and public transport services also resumed. The police fired tear gas canisters when protesters threw rocks at them - an increasingly common tactic in the region.

The National Assembly - also controlled by the opposition - says it will name new members of the country's supreme court, a move certain to be blocked by Maduro's administration. The country's chief prosecutor has recently broken with the ruling party.



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