Dec 7, 2020

Venezuela holds National Assembly poll amid opposition boycott

Venezuelans have been voting in legislative elections that are set to hand socialist President Nicolás Maduro control of the only official body still controlled by the opposition. The boycott is being led by opposition leader Juan Guaidó who has been in a two-year power struggle with Mr Maduro. After casting his vote on Sunday, Mr Maduro said the election would mark the beginning of an era of recovery for Venezuela. As the legislative assembly it would normally pass legislation and approve the government's budget but it became sidelined in 2017 when President Maduro convened a National Constituent Assembly. The National Constituent Assembly is made up exclusively of government supporters and its powers supersede those of the National Assembly.

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