Maduro foes: Over 7 million vote in Venezuelan referendum

Maduro foes: Over 7 million vote in Venezuelan referendum

Maduro foes: Over 7 million vote in Venezuelan referendum

Maduro foes: Over 7 million vote in Venezuelan referendum

CARACAS, Venezuela – President Nicolas Maduro’s enemies said more than 7 million Venezuelans have cast symbolic votes that reject his plan to reform the constitution in a strong but not overwhelming test that left the opposition in the face of two tough options weeks earlier That the socialist leader intends to reform the political system.

The vote was marked by violence when a 61-year-old woman died and four people were injured by gunfire after government supporters on motorcycles invaded a poll in the opposition church of Caracas west.

Analysts said that 7,186,170 ballots whose opposition had voted in Venezuela and around the world Sunday were an impressive sight.

However, it does not correspond to the 7.7 million opposition votes that were released in 2015 and the 7.5 million votes that led Maduro to power in 2013.

Opposition leaders said it was because it was only able to establish 2000 polling stations in a symbolic exercise that the government had described as illegitimate.

However, some defenders said they were disappointed.

“I thought it was going to be,” said Mariela Arana, a school counselor for 56 years. “But these seven million people have talked and it was full.”

David Smilde, an expert at Tulane University in Venezuela, said the outcome could probably lead the international community even more strongly against the July 30 vote. Maduro calls to elect the members of the assembly that rewrote the constitution of Venezuela in 1999.

The opposition says the vote was structured to pile up the constitutional assembly with supporters of the government and allow Maduro to eliminate the few controls that remain in his power, creating a Cuban-style system dominated by the Socialist Party.

Inside Venezuela, Smilde said that the leaders of 20 groups in the opposition Democratic Unity coalition faced a choice of tactics ranging from calling a general strike on forming a parallel government to working to simply pick up international condemnation Maduro plans .

“Overall, this vote, I think, makes it difficult for the government to proceed as planned,” said M. Smilde. “I think it will encourage the international community to reject it.”

Canada and Mexico are among the countries that have issued statements late on Sunday to praise the opposition.

Last Sunday, Foreign Minister Samuel Moncada said on Twitter they said that former Mexican President Vicente Fox persona non grata and the ban that the country conspire to promote violence and foreign intervention.

Fox traveled to Venezuela Saturday with a group of former Latin American presidents to show their support for the consultation. Moncada offered no evidence to support his allegations.

The opposition has only published Sunday night, participation numbers failed to answer these questions, although almost all who voted were answered “yes” to the central to reject constitutional rewriting.

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