Hundreds of thousands of mourners have thronged the streets of Caracas to accompany their president on his last journey. The body of the country's Comandante is to lie in state in the capital's military academy until his funeral on Friday.
President Maduro has set up an assembly to write a new constitution in a move critics called a ploy to remain in power. Concerns for a key political prisoner have added to tension in Venezuela's ongoing street protests.
Protesters have blocked the streets of Caracas in reaction to President Nicolas Maduro's plans to rewrite Venezuela's constitution. Maduro's proposal has also drawn criticism from abroad.
The third minimum wage increase this year was announced on the eve of International Workers' Day and amid continuing opposition protests and calls for elections. Local elections may be held later this year.
As of today there is no longer a separation of powers in Venezuela. Nicolas Maduro's regime has completed its telegraphed coup d'etat. DW's Uta Thofern says the situation in Venezuela is a scandal for the free world.
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