Colombia ‘will not recognise’ Venezuela’s assembly vote

29 Jul 2017   Colombia, Venezuela

“Down with the dictatorship,” reads graffiti on a Caracas wall Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos says his country will not recognise the result of Sunday’s vote in neighbouring Venezuela to elect a new assembly with power to rewrite the constitution. “The constituent assembly lacks legitimacy and because of that we cannot accept the result,” he said. Venezuela’s President Nicol├ís Maduro called the vote as protests against his government gained momentum in May. The opposition sees it as a move towards dictatorship. The new constituent assembly, comprising 545 members, will rival the National Assembly, currently controlled by the opposition. “We insist on a peaceful solution for the country’s situation,” said President Santos. Mr Santos has been critical of how the Venezuelan government has handled the crisis Earlier on Friday, police in the Venezuelan capital Caracas fired tear gas and rubber bullets against opposition activists who blocked roads. At least two […]

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