May 21, 2019

Venezuela crisis: Maduro proposes early National Assembly vote

Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro has proposed an early election for the National Assembly, headed by opposition leader Juan Guaidó. Mr Maduro, whose re-election was marred by an opposition boycott and vote-rigging claims, added: "We're going to measure ourselves electorally... we're going to bring forward elections of the National Assembly." AFP. Also on Monday, the National Constituent Assembly - set up in 2017 by Mr Maduro after his party lost control of the National Assembly - has decided to extend its functions until the end of 2020. Mr Maduro and Mr Guaidó have been at loggerheads since the opposition leader declared himself interim president, arguing that last May's vote was neither free nor fair. Mr Maduro accuses Mr Guaidó of being part of a US-orchestrated coup against his government.

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