After violent confrontations over the disputed election, officials said more than eight million ballots were cast to choose a new assembly tasked with rewriting the constitution. Critics say it will cement President Nicolas Maduro's grip on power.
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.
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."
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.
The two cousins were sentenced to 18 years in prison for trying to import cocaine into the US. Prosecutors argued they wanted to use drug funds to help their family's political campaigns.
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