World Venezuela opposition calls for strike

23:51  17 july  2017
23:51  17 july  2017 Source:   BBC News

UN chief calls for urgent national dialogue in Venezuela

  UN chief calls for urgent national dialogue in Venezuela UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday called for a national dialogue in Venezuela to end the crisis there just days before a symbolic, opposition-led vote on the government's plan to rewrite the constitution. 2 Credit Cards Charging 0% Interest Until 2019 See The Best 0% APR Cards Sponsored by NextAdvisor "Our concern regarding Venezuela is more present than ever," Guterres said in a statement."A national dialogue is urgently needed in Venezuela between the government and the opposition.

Twelve-hour shutdown draws patchy participation after Nicolás Maduro’s socialist government threatens to seize businesses that closed.

“The opposition 's call to a nationwide strike on Monday, which no one supported, is another failure by the adversaries of the Venezuelan government” Prensa Latina reported.

Opposition leaders address meeting. 17 July 2017: Opposition leaders announced their plans following the disputed referendum © Reuters Opposition leaders announced their plans following the disputed referendum Venezuela's opposition has called for a 24-hour strike on Thursday in protest against President Nicolas Maduro's plans for a new constituent assembly.

In a statement, leaders said 7.6 million people had taken part in Sunday's opposition-organised referendum on the plans.

They also announced they would name new Supreme Court judges.

The controversial assembly would have power to scrap the National Assembly and rewrite the constitution.

"It is time for zero hour," said opposition leader Freddy Guevara, speaking on behalf of the Democratic Unity coalition (MUD).

The government has dismissed Sunday's referendum as illegal and politically irrelevant.

President Maduro's plan will see a vote on 30 July for the new constituent assembly.

Its 545 members will have the power to dissolve state institutions, including the National Assembly, where opposition parties are in the majority.

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