Venezuela's disputed new assembly is to start rewriting the constitution despite fierce opposition at home and abroad. Critics say it will rubber-stamp President Nicolas Maduro's grip on power. Maduro lauded security forces for fighting "terrorism".
Venezuela's opposition has said it won't be bullied out of participating in future elections, a day after threats by President Nicolas Maduro. The US said it stands with Venezuelans as they "seek to restore democracy."
President Nicolas Maduro said three parties which boycotted mayoral elections should be ineligible for future votes. He said the ruling party won at least 90 percent of the 335 mayorships.
Venezuelan voters are returning to polling booths, this time to select mayors in all of the South American state’s 335 municipalities. It is the last national election ahead of next year's presidential race.
Nicolas Maduro's opponents swore they would "never kneel before the dictatorship," but a handful just pledged loyalty to the president's contested parliament. The "betrayal" has opened a rift in the opposition coalition.
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