Over Seven Million Cast Ballots in Protest Vote — Venezuelan Opposition Leaders

Maduro dismissed Sunday's poll as unconstitutional and continued to campaign in support of a July 30 vote to create a constitutional assembly

Mr Maduro, 54, argues the constituent assembly is the only way to help Venezuela out of its economic and political crisis.

Shemel considered that the ideal framework for the discussion on these issues is ANC, a place of peace to reach consensus, agreement and take decisions among all Venezuelans.

Maduro's government on Sunday also held an electoral event - essentially a trial run of the upcoming Constituent Assembly.

Ricardo Hausmann, a Harvard University economist and former Venezuelan planning minister who is married to Ana Julia Jatar, said the vote aims to express democratically what the government is trying to prevent. Moncada did not provide evidence to back his claims.

Millions of Venezuelans reportedly lined up throughout the country and abroad to vote against President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the nation's constitution, in an symbolic victory to the nation's embattled opposition alliance.

The National Assembly reported "irregularities" involving armed paramilitaries in a polling point in Catia, a neighborhood outside of Caracas, according to its Twitter feed. More than 100 days of opposition protests have left at least 93 people dead and 1,500 wounded. The office provided her name, Xiomara Escot, but gave no other details.

"This is coming from the people to demonstrate we're against the government", Hurtado said.

The opposition reports that the deaths came at the hands of government paramilitary forces. Michael Allen lives in San Antonio but is a Venezuelan resident and owns a business there.

A symbolic vote Sunday in Venezuela allowed residents to protest the current president's plans to rewrite the constitution and immigrants who have resettled in the Triangle voiced their opinions as well. We want elections now.

The symbolic plebiscite was held amid an economic crisis that has left millions of Venezuelans struggling to meet basic needs and daily anti-government protests

Voters were asked to fill out ballots featuring three yes-or-no questions.

Speaking at a news conference, opposition leader Freddy Guevara made little mention of more protests, a sign that the opposition had decided to change tactics after Sunday's vote.

Despite the global and domestic calls for him to cancel the constituent assembly, Maduro vowed to press ahead with it.

Still, Maduro has vowed that Sunday's referendum will do nothing to stall a July 30 election for delegates for a constituent assembly, which will be responsible for rewriting the country's 18-year-old constitution.

Venezuela's opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) coalition claimed the high turnout - about a third of the 19 million eligible voters - provided a mandate for them to challenge Maduro.

They will draft a new constitutional text which will be put to a popular vote in Venezuela.

Over 7 million Venezuelans in the country and around the globe voted in an unofficial referendum Sunday against President Nicolás Maduro's plans to change the constitution.

The rival votes have given rise to international worries - voiced by the Catholic Church and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres - that the chances of bringing both sides together for dialogue have become more remote. They say the assembly's structure would over-represent pro-government sectors, guaranteeing a body favourable to a government that polls show has the support of less than a quarter of the population.

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