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14:22, 17 July 2017

Venezuela referendum: Big show of support for opposition

AKIPRESS.COM - More than seven million voters have taken part in an opposition-organised referendum in Venezuela, according to academics monitoring the poll, BBC reported.

Voters strongly opposed government plans for a new constituent assembly with the power to scrap the National Assembly and re-write the constitution.

Venezuela is polarised between backers of President Maduro and the opposition, which wants fresh elections.

A nurse was shot dead while queuing to vote in the capital, Caracas.

Men on motorbikes opened fire, killing 61-year-old Xiomara Soledad Scott, and wounding three others.

The opposition blamed a "paramilitary" gang for the shooting, which prosecutors said they would investigate.

Separately, journalist Luis Olavarrieta was kidnapped, robbed and beaten by what he said was a a group of government supporters, but managed to escape.

More than 100 people have died in clashes and protests in Venezuela since April.


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