Venezuela's Divisive Constituent Assembly Begins Work

Venezuela's Divisive Constituent Assembly Begins Work

While Venezuela's old allies, Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua and Russian Federation, supported the Sunday vote for the formation of the new legislative body, the United States, the European Union, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Spain, Canada and Peru denounced the vote, saying the Constituent Assembly can destroy the Venezuelan democracy and institutionalize autocracy there.

Elections for seats on the assembly were held around the country on Sunday amid massive protests and global outcry.

Also, an increasing number of foreign governments have refused to recognise the Assembly and many within Venezuela fear it will create a one-party state.

"Don't think we're going to wait weeks, months or years", Rodriguez said Friday.

The opposition staged protests in the capital on Saturday, but there were no signs of the street violence of the past four months that has left a death toll of more than 125. In spite of the violence and claims of fraud from the company that provided the voting software, hardware and technicians, the Constituent Assembly was seated.

The Vatican issued a statement asking that Friday's planned installation of the assembly be suspended, Reuters reported.

Both arrests received condemnation from the White House, which described the men as "political prisoners being held illegally by the regime", adding that the United States would hold Maduro "personally responsible for the health and safety of Mr. Lopez, Mr. Ledezma, and any others seized".

Another opposition figure, Leopoldo López, also taken on Tuesday from his home, apparently remains in prison although his wife, Lilian Tintori, said his lawyers had not been allowed to see him.

"They will never have the seat that the people of Venezuela gave us". The 545 delegates to the Constituent were elected Sunday, during one of the most violent days in recent Venezuelan history, with 16 demonstrators and security forces dying.

"This constituent assembly is the hope of an entire country", he said.

Mugica said Smartmatic, which has provided electronic voting technology for elections around the world, was able to detect the overstated officially announced turnout because of Venezuela's automated election system.

Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz on August 3 announced an investigation.

On Friday afternoon, as the constituent assembly convened for the first time, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights called on Venezuela to adopt measures for the protection of Ms Ortega.

The United States this week called Maduro a dictator, froze his US assets, and barred Americans from doing business with him.

"The Holy See expresses again her profound concern for the radicalization and aggravation of the crisis in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, with the increase in the number of deaths, wounded and those who have been detained", read an August 4 Vatican communiqué.

Delegates of the National Constituent Assembly marched to Caracas's neo-classical legislative palace accompanied by hundreds of red-shirted government supporters.

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