Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday, may 1, announced the convocation of the constituent Assembly, Reuters reports. The country will host a nationwide vote.
“In the execution of my presidential powers as head of state and in accordance with article 347 of the Constitution, I convened the Supreme constituent power to the working class and the people, convened a constituent Assembly,” said Maduro.
As RIA Novosti reported, according to the said article of the Basic law, the source of power in the country — the people of Venezuela, and this power may be exercised through a national constituent Assembly convened for changing the political system, create a new order and drafting a new Constitution.
Furthermore, Maduro called for “civil-military Union”.
Opposition leader Henrique Capriles criticized the initiative Maduro criticized. In his opinion, this would be considered “murder of the Constitution.” Politician called Maduro a “dictator” and called on the people to take to the streets. According to him, the opposition to recognize the convening of a meeting is refused.
In Venezuela, for several weeks, continuing mass protests and riots. In total during collisions of locals with police killed at least 29 people. Citizens dissatisfied with the economic situation and require the appointment of early elections.