Thursday 18 July 2019

Venezuela's embattled Nicolas Maduro proposes assembly elections

Nicolas Maduro (Ariana Cubillos/AP)
Nicolas Maduro (Ariana Cubillos/AP) Newsdesk Newsdesk

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro has proposed holding early elections for the National Assembly as he seeks to outmanoeuvre a renewed opposition that is trying to use its control of the legislature to challenge his rule.

Mr Maduro in a speech to supporters said it would be up to the pro-government constitutional assembly to decide whether or not to back his proposal.

Elections for the opposition-controlled National Assembly are not supposed to take place again until 2020.

National Assembly President Juan Guaido is leading a charge to force Mr Maduro from power after he took the oath of office last month for a second, six-year term widely considered illegitimate.

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