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Venezuela Prepares to Select Candidates for ANC Election

Once delegates are elected, the ANC itself will have the power to propose changes to Venezuela’s constitution, though any prop

Venezuelan grassroots movements are gearing up for a weekend of popular assemblies to nominate candidates for the upcoming Constituent Assembly elections.

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Dates for Regional Elections Announced, Constituent Assembly Moves Forward in Venezuela

President Nicolas Maduro announced the details of the ANC electoral process this past Tuesday. (Prensa Presidencial)

The National Electoral Council has confirmed that state governor elections will go ahead on December 10, while delegates to the Constituent Assembly will be elected at the end of July. 

 

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Standoff in Venezuela

A lone National Guardsperson stares down a line of right-wing demonstrators. (Pedro Mattey/AVN)

Professor Steve Ellner challenges claims that the Maduro government is "on its last legs", pointing to the opposition's failure to convince the popular sectors to join their protests thus far. 

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Venezuelan Attorney General Rejects National Constituent Assembly in Leaked Letter

Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz criticized the Maduro government's decision to hold a National Constituent As

The top prosecutor warned that in lieu of promoting “national reconciliation”, the process of overhauling the constitution “would accelerate the crisis”

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Authoritarianism in Venezuela? A Reply to Gabriel Hetland

Venezuelan opposition protesters burn a National Bolivarian Police motorcycle at an anti-government barricade in the affluent ea

Hetland recycles status quo liberal critiques of the Bolivarian Revolution ignoring grassroots support for Maduro, argues the VA team. 

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Constitutional Changes to Be Put to Referendum, Maduro Confirms 2018 Elections

 Constitutional lawyer Hermann Escarra announced that any new Constitution would have to approved by voters. (Globovision)

Constitutional lawyer Hermann Escarra confirmed that any new Constitution will have to be approved by voters. 

 

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Venezuela's LGBTQ Movement Presents Political Platform Ahead of Constituent Assembly

Venezuelans march during pride in Caracas. (VTV)

Venezuelan popular movements have begun to present their political objectives and advocate for greater rights within the upcoming Constituent Assembly.

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History Repeats Itself? Venezuela’s New Constituent Assembly

"I march for the constituent assembly." Caracas, May 8, 2017. (Ricardo Herderez)

Bolivarian University Professor Chris Gilbert analyzes the balance of forces underlying the Maduro government's bid to draft a new constitution as a solution to the country's current revolutionary impasse.

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Three Shot in Merida as Violent Opposition Protests Continue

Los Andes University student Freilan Alvarez (21) was shot in the right eye. (Prensa Gabinete de Seguridad y Paz)

Among the wounded is a state police officer, a student, and a motorcycle taxi driver.

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Venezuelan Opposition, Business Lobby to Boycott Constituent Assembly

Miranda Governor Henrique Capriles announced the Venezuelan opposition’s decision to boycott the constituent assembly on Sunda

The Venezuelan opposition and the country’s largest business lobby have rejected an invitation to participate in the process of convoking a national constituent assembly unveiled by the Maduro government.

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