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Maduro insists constitution revamp, rivals decry coup

May 02, 2017, 7:22 AM EDT
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro
(Source: Global Panorama/flickr)

The opposition in Venezuela lashed out at the government after President Nicolas Maduro announced that a new popular assembly would be created to rewrite the country’s constitution and to defeat, what he described as fascist forces.  

Maduro has triggered an article of the constitution that creates a 500-member super-body, which will not involve any political parties while only half of the total members will be elected, writes Reuters.

The opposition described the move as a “power grab,” alleging that the president will appoint his loyalists in the assembly and manipulate the elections, notes Al Jazeera.