The turnout in the elections to the National constituent Assembly of Venezuela, which took place on Sunday, July 30, was 41.5%. Voted about eight million people. This was announced by the election Commission in the country.
According to the opposition, the turnout was only 12%. The opposition refused to recognize the election results and called for further demonstrations.
Ten people were killed during the riots on election day in the capital of Venezuela — Caracas. Was also killed by one of the candidates for the post of member of the Constituent Assembly — 39-year-old Venezuelan politician Jose Felix Pineda. He was shot by an unknown attacker, who broke into his house located in Ciudad Bolivar, the capital of the Bolivar state and let out in it some bullets.
A new Constituent Assembly empowered to rewrite the Constitution and deprive of power the Congress controlled by the opposition.
President Nicolas Maduro believes that it is the only way to restore peace after months of protests and political deadlock. However, opposition politicians claim that Maduro wants to use the constituent Assembly to consolidate power.
The international community has criticized the elections in Venezuela. In the USA consider to impose new sanctions against Venezuela’s oil. Previously, the United States imposed sanctions against 13 members of the government of Maduro. Venezuela is excluded from subregional trade and economic Union MERCOSUR. The members of the Organization of American States (OAS), including the US, Canada and Mexico, said they do not recognize the authority of the Constitutional Assembly.