Venezuelan president moves forward on constitution assembly

Venezuela crisis: Organisation of American States fails to reach deal as protests continue

Venezuela's Attorney General has taken issue with Maduro's calls to write a new Constitution (Flickr).

In New York Wednesday, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said Maduro's opponents should feel "deeply frustrated" that the US -led plan to intervene in Venezuela's crisis had failed.

"The National Assembly will conduct a thorough investigation of this dubious transaction and leave no stone unturned to assure that a future democratic government of Venezuela will not have to pay on this immoral debt entered into by an illegitimate authoritarian regime."A Nomura spokeswoman in NY declined to comment".

The government added Moncada was one of the judges who ratified Lopez's 14-year jail sentence, and suggested that might have been the motive for his killing.

"We want to clarify if the power exercised in representation of the people, is above the people itself", she said.

Gunmen shot dead a Venezuelan judge at a street barricade in the latest fatality of two months of anti-government unrest that has seen at least 61 people killed, authorities said on Thursday.

Venezuela's opposition is turning up the heat on Wall Street banks by alleging that some of the proceeds from a recent bond sale will be used to purchase weapons and help keep President Nicolas Maduro in power.

Chief state prosecutor Luisa Ortega has said creating the assembly without a plebiscite, as happened in 1999 when Maduro's predecessor Hugo Chavez rewrote the constitution, threatened to "eliminate" democracy in Venezuela.

Maduro said at a cabinet meeting late Thursday that "the new constitution will be put to a referendum so that the people can say whether they agree or not". 'Facing the circumstances of worldwide harassment of the extremists who govern the United States, and seeing the plans of the internal right-wing, I said: Here is a single way to build peace, to overcome the attempt to bring us to a war, to reconcile Venezuelans and to move in democracy and freedom, 'stressed the Venezuelan president.

There was no immediate reaction from Venezuela's opposition, which now has majority support after years in the shadow of the ruling Socialist Party whose popularity has plunged during the OPEC nation's brutal economic crisis.

Maduro, 54, calls them coup-mongers seeking his violent overthrow with United States support akin to the short-lived ouster of his predecessor Hugo Chavez in 2002.

The main representative of the Public Ministry, on the other hand, said that the Constituent Assembly "violates the progression of human rights" and "is a setback".

She was speaking on the steps of the pro-government Supreme Court, criticising its ruling this week endorsing Maduro's plan to go ahead with the assembly without a referendum.

Demonstrators participate in an anti-government protest in Caracas, Venezuela, 31 May 2017.

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