Polling in Venezuela opened on Sunday to elect members of the National Assembly in a vote championed by President Nicolŕs Maduro however rejected as a fraud by the nation’s Opposition politicians.
Mr. Maduro seeks to pack the Assembly with members of his United Socialist Party of Venezuela, capturing the final authorities establishment out of his attain. Critics say doing so will smother the final remnants of democracy in Venezuela.
An Opposition coalition led by U.S.-backed politician Juan Guaidū is boycotting the vote.
International our bodies just like the EU have refused to ship observers to Sunday’s election, saying the circumstances for a democratic course of don’t exist.