teleSur 7/30/17 –President Nicolas Maduro made his call for a new Assembly at the end of a trade union march on May Day.
Almost 20 million Venezuelans are eligible to vote for 537 members of a new Constituent Assembly this Sunday, July 30.
Eight other members are being chosen by Venezuela’s Indigenous peoples according to their own traditions. Here is how it came about and how it works:
President Nicolas Maduro made his call for a new Constituent Assembly at the end of a trade union march on May Day, one month after the Venezuelan opposition began a series of protests which often turned violent and had already left dozens dead. He emphasized three aims:
1. Overcoming the current conflict in Venezuela
2. Restoring peace in the country
3. Giving the people, especially working people, the chance to decide on Venezuela’s future