BOGOTÁ, Colombia — A vote to pick the people who will restructure Venezuela’s government was marred by violence on Sunday as one candidate was killed in his home the night before, an explosion was set off on a busy street and at least eight people died in clashes between protesters and the police.
President Nicolás Maduro had ordered a rewriting of Venezuela’s Constitution, its governing charter. Sunday’s election was simply to pick the members of the constituent assembly that will carry it out. Nearly all candidates were politicians close to Mr. Maduro, presumably assuring that the outcome would leave his leftist movement with complete control of the country once the assembly takes charge.
“I said rain, thunder or lightning, the 30th of July was going to come,” the president said in a shaky video made from his vehicle after he cast his ballot.
But the powers of the new assembly members will be so vast that they could possibly remove Mr. Maduro from office, some analysts noted, ending a presidency that has been deeply unpopular, even among many leftists.Read More...
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