by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/17/17, 10:39 am
Venezuela’s opposition coalition held a symbolic referendum Sunday in which 7 million people voted to reject President Nicolas Maduro’s plan to rewrite the constitution. The plan is Maduro’s answer to the country’s out-of-control economic crisis, but opponents say it’s a ploy to consolidate the president’s power. Venezuelans will officially vote July 30 to elect members of a constitutional assembly. Critics and international leaders fear Maduro will use the assembly to eliminate checks on his power. Sunday’s referendum showed opposition to the plan is strong but not overwhelming.