Venezuela’s Unofficial Referendum Delivers Blow to Maduro
Dissent is powerful. Sunday’s “public consultation,” called by Venezuela’s opposition parties in a bid to destabilize President Nicolas Maduro, has no legal status. But 98 percent of the 7.2 million who cast ballots opposed Maduro’s plan to create a new legislative body and supported holding new elections before his term ends in 2019. About 19.5 million Venezuelans are registered to vote, but every election since 2015 has been postponed. The opposition hailed it as a victory, hoping it’ll give protesters new energy even as Maduro’s expected to ignore the outcome.