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Crisis-torn Venezuela to hold constitutional referendum

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By Euronews
Crisis-torn Venezuela to hold constitutional referendum

<p>Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro is to hold a referendum on a new constitution following two months of at-times violent and deadly protests.</p> <p>In a statement on state television, the socialist leader said the people would be the ones to decide whether or not they agree with a new, strengthened national charter. No specific date for the vote has been announced.</p> <p>Maduro’s initial plan to create a constituent assembly saw him labelled a dictator. Opponents and members of the government alike criticised the idea as anti-democratic.</p> <p>The ballot is likely to turn into a vote on Maduro himself. A brutal economic crisis under his rule has swung the stakes in the opposition’s favour. Polls suggest it now has majority support for the first time in years.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en"><p lang="es" dir="ltr">Maduro vows referendum on new Venezuela constitution I <a href="https://t.co/Fk27dAVVQ0">https://t.co/Fk27dAVVQ0</a> <a href="https://t.co/7x5FBhMcvU">pic.twitter.com/7x5FBhMcvU</a></p>— Reuters Venezuela (@ReutersVzla) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReutersVzla/status/870462700006125568">June 2, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>