L.A. Times: As president calls for new constitution, Venezuela veers once again toward political chaos
Venezuela, already reeling from massive anti-government marches in recent weeks, is bracing for more demonstrations Wednesday as increasingly vocal activists protest the surprise plan by President Nicolas Maduro to draft a new constitution, which opposition leaders condemned as an anti-democratic move that will only aggravate the country’s ongoing political crisis.
In an announcement at a May Day rally Monday, Maduro said he would seek to replace the constitution pushed through in 2000 by his late predecessor, Hugo Chavez. The new document would be drafted at an assembly consisting of 500 delegates, 250 of whom will be selected from “communal” groups recognized by Maduro’s government, which will likely assure his control over the final version, opponents said.
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