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Venezuela: 'We want peace' - Maduro triggers Constituent Assembly election01:45

Venezuela: 'We want peace' - Maduro triggers Constituent Assembly election

Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of, Caracas
May 24, 2017 at 02:37 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands of people marched through central Caracas, Tuesday, showing their support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his proposal of a National Constituent Assembly.

In front of his supporters gathered outside the Presidential Palace, Maduro signed the decree that regulates the process of electing representatives to the National Constituent Assembly, aiming to address the country's political unrest.

Maduro said, "I ask for peace. I ask for blessings for our people. And on behalf of our God, on behalf of our liberators, on behalf of our Commander Chavez, we go to the Constituent, here it is, we are going to take it to the National Electoral Council."

Maduro's statement comes as anti-government protests continue to hit Caracas, with at least 52 people left dead since demonstrations began in April.

On May 1, Maduro convened a National Constituent Assembly to rewrite the constitution and address growing unrest. However, the Venezuelan opposition have called the plan "fraudulent" and refused participation, calling instead for early elections.

Venezuela: 'We want peace' - Maduro triggers Constituent Assembly election01:45
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Thousands of people marched through central Caracas, Tuesday, showing their support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his proposal of a National Constituent Assembly.

In front of his supporters gathered outside the Presidential Palace, Maduro signed the decree that regulates the process of electing representatives to the National Constituent Assembly, aiming to address the country's political unrest.

Maduro said, "I ask for peace. I ask for blessings for our people. And on behalf of our God, on behalf of our liberators, on behalf of our Commander Chavez, we go to the Constituent, here it is, we are going to take it to the National Electoral Council."

Maduro's statement comes as anti-government protests continue to hit Caracas, with at least 52 people left dead since demonstrations began in April.

On May 1, Maduro convened a National Constituent Assembly to rewrite the constitution and address growing unrest. However, the Venezuelan opposition have called the plan "fraudulent" and refused participation, calling instead for early elections.

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