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Tensions set to rise as oppn holds vote in Venezuela today


AFP
Caracas
Political tensions in Venezuela are set to rise on Sunday with the opposition holding a public vote to undermine President Nicolas Maduro and his controversial bid to rewrite the constitution.
The symbolic"plebiscite"was taking place after nearly four months of violent protests against Maduro, during which nearly 100 people have died.
It laid a direct challenge to a controversial plan by the president to have a citizens'body elected on July 30 to revise the constitution.
Detractors say that move is aimed at giving Maduro dictatorial powers to hold on to office, notably by bypassing the opposition-controlled parliament.
Maduro, though, says the new body, called the"National Constituent Assembly,"is the only way to lift Venezuela out of its economic and political crisis.

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