CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on Venezuela’s political crisis and an opposition referendum on government plans to rewrite the constitution. (all times local):
Venezuela’s opposition says more than 7.1 million people voted in a symbolic rejection of President Nicolas Maduro’s plan to rewrite the constitution.
That’s less than the 7.7 million who voted for opposition candidates in 2015 legislative elections that gave the opposition control of congress.
Also Sunday, government supporters went to polling stations in a rehearsal for a July 30 vote to elect members of the assembly that will retool Venezuela’s 1999 constitution.
The opposition says that vote has been structured to pack the constitutional assembly with government supporters and allow Maduro to eliminate the few remaining checks on his power.
The day was marred by violence when 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.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Samuel Moncada said on Twitter that he was declaring former Mexican President Vicente Fox persona non grata and banning him from the country for conspiring to promote violence and foreign intervention.
Fox traveled to Venezuela on Saturday with a group of Latin American former presidents to show support for the opposition referendum. Moncada offered no evidence to support his accusations.
Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans lined up across the country and in expatriate communities around the world on Sunday to vote in a symbolic rejection of President Nicolas Maduro’s plan to rewrite the constitution, a proposal that’s raising tensions in a nation battered by shortages and anti-government protests.
The chief prosecutor’s office said a woman has been killed and four people wounded in shooting that erupted after government supporters on motorcycles swarmed an opposition polling site in a church in western Caracas.