Meriden's Venezuelan community continue to protest Maduro

Tibisay Lucena, the head of the national electoral authority, said the claims were "irresponsible" while Maduro said 2 million people had been unable to vote because of blockades and protests.

According to polling firm Datanalisis, more than 70 percent of Venezuelans oppose the new assembly.

Venezuelan officials claim that more than 40 percent of the country's 20 million voters cast ballots on Sunday, which were boycotted by the opposition.

President Nicolás Maduro declared a sweeping victory after the vote.

Speaking at a news briefing in London, Smartmatic CEO Antonio Mugica said the results of Sunday's poll were off by at least one million.

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Amid an worldwide outcry, President Nicolas Maduro reversed the decision, but it was too late.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the election of the assembly amid violence over the weekend "has durably worsened the crisis in Venezuela". They show no signs of stopping.

The world watched as Venezuela descended into political turmoil and riots recently, but what is behind the chaos? The country's largest bill - the 100 bolivar note - was worth just $0.04 at the end of previous year.

The men are two of Venezuela's most high-profile opposition leaders. Hospitals around the country have compared conditions to those seen only in war zones.

Electricity blackouts and fuel shortages have also driven Venezuelans to desperation.

Jennifer McCoy, director of the Carter Center's Americas Program. In 2013, revenues were $80 billion. Equally part of the socialist's legacy was mismanagement. Previous year alone, more than 270 MMbbl worth about $10 billion reached American shores - enough to produce about 5 billion gallons of gasoline. It is due to start work Thursday, in the legislative palace that up to now had been the seat of the opposition-controlled congress, the National Assembly.

In her CNN en Español interview, Ortega spoke for the first time about the events that led her to become a vocal critic of the Venezuelan government after years of being a staunch Chavista.

Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez and Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma, who were taken into custody earlier Tuesday, were "political prisoners being held illegally by the regime", Trump continued. Already the Venezuelan government is taking steps to put as numerous opposition in prison as possible.

This time around, the US tried to punish Maduro by freezing his American assets; he has none. Numerous attempts to stymie its efforts to pressure the government have only emboldened these lawmakers. Tumbling oil prices have hit social programmes hard and scores of people have died protesting against the government. Rights campaigners say police have arrested thousands.

In addition to illegally claiming all lawmaking duties from the National Assembly, Maduro-apparently exhausted of being accused of violating the nation's constitution-has tasked the ANC with drafting a new constitution friendlier to his regime.

The Spanish socialist politician Vicent Garces defended the total transparency of the process that took place in Venezuela on Sunday to elect a National Constituent Assembly (ANC), it was reported here.

Ahead of the vote, he argued that the Constituent Assembly would help bring peace to a polarized country, with all branches of the government falling under the political movement founded by his late mentor and predecessor, Hugo Chavez.

"If it wasn't a tragedy. if it didn't mean more crisis, the electoral council's number would nearly make you laugh", opposition leader Freddy Guevara said on Twitter.

On Monday, Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega, a vocal dissenter in Maduro's government, also said she would not recognize the newly-elected assembly, calling it an expression of "dictatorial ambition".

  • Joanne Flowers