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Venezuelans around world vote amid struggle over constitution

July 17th, 2017
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Link: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/venezuela/article161640638.html

Venezuelans across the globe Sunday appeared to be turning out in droves to reject the government’s controversial plan to rewrite the constitution at a time when the South American nation is staggering under protests and violence.

Venezuelans in more than 75 countries and across the nation began lining up in the pre-dawn hours to vote in a largely symbolic referendum to denounce plans to convene a National Constituent Assembly that many fear is another attempt by President Nicolás Maduro to shutdown dissent and hold onto power. With almost 20 million registered voters in Venezuela, the opposition has been hoping to break the 10 million mark.

Even so, the administration has said it won't recognize the results of the referendum and will move forward with the constitutional overhaul regardless of the outcome.

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