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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly Elections

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

On Sunday, Venezuelans elected 545 Constituent Assembly members – tasked with revising or rewriting the nation’s constitution.

The aim is restoring order after months of street violence – a US-orchestrated plot to replace Venezuelan democracy with fascist tyranny, complicit with internal dark forces, wanting the country returned to its bad old days, destroying Bolivarian social justice in the process.

According to National Electoral Council President Tibisay Lucena, turnout was 41.53% – 8,089,320 Venezuelans voting, many more than pre-election estimates. Opposition elements called for boycotting the election.

In the country’s April 2013 presidential election, over 79% of registered voters participated. In Hugo Chavez’s April 1999 Constituent Assembly voting 4,001,672 Venezuelans took part (37.8%) – a democratic breakthrough at th
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