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Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro proposed pushing forward National Assembly elections on Monday, a move that would allow his socialist regime to steal control of the country’s last democratically elected lawmaking body.
The National Assembly, which is comprised of 545 deputies, is currently controlled by the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), an anti-Maduro coalition of mainly left-wing and centrist parties. The Assembly is currently led by opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who is recognized by the United States and most other western democracies as Venezuela’s legitimate president.
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Addressing his supporters at a socialist rally on Monday, Maduro claimed that the idea presented the opportunity to “legitimize the sole institution which has not been legitimized in the last five years,” despite the last Assembly election taking place in 2015.
“I invite the opposition of Venezuela to legitimize the legislative power,” he wrote in a Twitter post on Tuesday. “Let’s accept the challenge of holding early elections of the National Assembly so that, with votes, we show who has the support of the people. That is the way; Peace and democracy.”
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Responding to the call, Guaidó said that the large-scale abstention during last year’s presidential election, in which Maduro banned nearly all opposition candidates from running, was proof the Venezuelan people would not partake in a rigged process.
“On 20 May 2018 we showed that we don’t take part in a farce,” he said. “A new farce would only worsen the crisis we’re in. Only by putting an end to the usurpation and...
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I find it extremely funny when people keep voting and expecting the government to change!