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Canada urged Venezuela to cancel constituent assembly

  • Canada urged Venezuela to cancel constituent assembly

Ottawa: Canadian Foreign Minister Christya Freeland urged Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro to cancel the constituent assembly aimed at amending the country's constitution.

"Canada reiterates its grave concern over the intentions of President Nicolas Maduro to hold a constituent assembly on July 30, 2017. The process of convening a constituent assembly contradicts the constitution of Venezuela. The plan of the constituent assembly does not correspond to either the democratic principles or the wishes of the Venezuelan people. We urge the Venezuelan government to abolish the national constituent assembly and take concrete actions together with the opposition to restore the democratic order", - is said in the statement.

Earlier it was reported that Maduro intends to hold a constituent assembly in spite of the threat of sanctions.

Yesterday, July 26, the United States imposed sanctions against Venezuelan officials for undermining democracy in the country.

On the eve of Trump, Maduro threatened decisive economic measures, if he convened the meeting.

On Sunday, July 16, Venezuela held an unofficial referendum on changing the country's constitution. The opposition opposed the preparation for elections of new national Constituent Assignments, which the government of Nicolas Maduro wants to hold on July 30.

On the day of the referendum, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland also published a statement in support of the opposition referendum.

In protest of the policy of the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, mass anti-government demonstrations take place almost daily, during which more than 90 people died in Venezuela. Among the demands of the demonstrators is the early election of the new president of Venezuela, the full restoration of the rights of the parliament. On May 24, the president agreed to reconsider the Constitution, but Attorney General Louise Ortega Diaz questioned the democratic nature of the decision.


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