Venezuela’s opposition has called for a 24-hour strike on Thursday in protest against President Nicolás Maduro’s plans for a new constituent assembly.
In a statement, leaders said 7.6 million people had taken part in Sunday’s opposition-organised referendum on the plans. They also announced they would name new Supreme Court judges.
The assembly, made up of citizens, would have power to scrap the National Assembly and rewrite the constitution. Opposition parties control the National Assembly and are calling for fresh elections before Mr Maduro’s term expires in early 2019.
US has said, it will take swift and strong economic action if the government of Nicolas Maduro imposes its Constituent Assembly on July 30. President Donald Trump, in a White House statement, yesterday said, the Venezuelan people had on Sunday made clear that they stand for democracy, freedom and the rule of law.
The statement reiterated the US call for free and fair elections, vowing to stand with the people of Venezuela in their quest to restore democracy in their country. Trump said the strong and courageous actions of Venezuelans continue to be ignored by a bad leader who dreams of becoming a dictator.
On Sunday, the opposition organized a popular referendum in which over 98 percent of 7.2 million voters said they opposed Maduro’s proposal to call the Constituent Assembly.