Woman killed outside Church queuing to vote in Venezuela

Woman killed outside Church queuing to vote in Venezuela

Woman killed outside Church queuing to vote in Venezuela

In the referendum, Venezuelans were asked to respond "yes" or "no" to three questions.

Also on Sunday, Maduro reiterated his call for political dialogue with the opposition.

Colombia's former President Andres Pastrana, left, embraces Lilian Tintori, left after a news conference of global observers of a symbolic referendum in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, July 16, 2017.

Canada and Mexico were among the countries that issued statements Sunday evening lauding the opposition vote.

(AP Photo/Jesus Hernandez). Volunteers count the ballots after a poll station closed during a symbolic referendum in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, July 16, 2017. Instead, he called for an end to the violence, which he blamed on the opposition.

Voters in Venezuela's opposition referendum, which has no legal status, have rejected Maduro's plans for a new Constituent Assembly with the power to scrap the National Assembly and re-write the constitution, BBC News reported citing academics monitoring the poll. "I think it's going to embolden the worldwide community to reject it".

Protesters set up a booth in opposition to the Venezuelan government's agenda.

"The results seem to confirm that the opposition would easily defeat the government in any election".

Speaking at an afternoon news conference, opposition leader Freddy Guevara made little mention of more protests, however, a sign that the opposition had chose to change tactics in the wake of Sunday's vote.

Calling it "a hymn to peace", Maduro said the people of Venezuela through their extensive participation in the constituent electoral process have shown that the way to solve the country's problems is through peace.

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Observers said the 7,186,170 votes for the opposition insides Venezuela and overseas was an impressive show of support.

This came on the day his government held a practice vote ahead of the July 30 election for the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) while the MUD held an unofficial referendum to allow the Venezuelan people to express their support or rejection for the ANC.

The lines outside the Watsco Center at the University of Miami stretched as far as the eye could see as Venezuelans turned out in full force all across South Florida to reject the government's controversial plan to rewrite the constitution.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos planned to discuss the Venezuelan crisis during a visit with President Raul Castro of Cuba, Venezuela's closest regional ally, Colombia's foreign minister said from Havana. Venezuela, which has more oil than any other country in the world, was once the richest country in Latin America.

The almost 7.2 million votes "confirmed the reason why Maduro is afraid of elections that are mandated by our constitution", National Assembly President Julio Borges wrote on Twitter.

I'm not sure there is any going backwards from here. "But these seven million people spoke, and it was plenty".

A 61-year-old woman was killed and four people wounded by gunfire that erupted after government supporters on motorcycles swarmed an opposition polling site in a church in the traditionally pro-government Catia neighborhood of western Caracas.

Maduro and the military dominate most state institutions, but the opposition controls the congress and holds three of 23 governorships.

In the wake of Nicolas Maduro succeeding former socialist president Hugo Chavez after the latter died from cancer in 2013, the country has been marred by violence and social upheaval.

Venezuela has been plagued by daily outbursts of anger over food shortages and an economic crisis characterised by rampant inflation. Do they support the formation of a government comprised both of Maduro backers and opponents?

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