According to official claims, the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, has been given the legitimate power to rewrite his country’s restitution. The Constituent Assembly election will allow Maduro to replace Venezuela’s current legislative body — the National Assembly — with the new assembly, which would be made up 545 members, all nominated by his administration.
The opposition coalition said 88% of voters abstained and it refused to recognize the election. It also called for more protests on Monday. President Nicolás Maduro hailed the poll as a “vote for the revolution”.
It was a victory speech for him and his followers but after a day of violence on the streets it’s a pretty hollow victory. For all the talk of the vote being an example of democracy, critics accuse him of voter fraud and intimidation and many don’t believe the official numbers of voter turnout.
Opposition leaders had called for a boycott of the vote, declaring it rigged for the ruling party, and by late afternoon they were declaring the low turnout a resounding victory. Organizers said preliminary results from observers placed in nearly every district indicated a small fraction of the turnout seen in previous elections had voted. “It’s very clear to us that the government has suffered a defeat today,” said Julio Borges, president of the opposition-controlled but largely powerless National Assembly.