Venezuelan Attorney General Warns of Totalitarianism Ahead of Sunday Vote

© AP PhotoA demonstrator holds up a miniature copy of Venezuela's constitution in front of the nation's flag at a government rally in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, April 13, 2004.
A demonstrator holds up a miniature copy of Venezuela's constitution in front of the nation's flag at a government rally in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, April 13, 2004. - Sputnik International
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Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz said Saturday that elections to the National Constituent Assembly scheduled for Sunday pose risks of establishment of totalitarian regime in the country.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Venezuela will hold on Sunday an election of the members of the National Constituent Assembly, a new 545-strong legislative body with the power to amend the constitution, despite the vote against the decision to hold such election in the opposition’s so-called popular referendum on July 16. Opposition said Sunday vote might be another attempt of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to bypass the opposition-controlled parliament.

"This Sunday, it will be decided whether the country will continue to exist as a republic or a personalistic and totalitarian system will be established," Ortega Diaz said, as quoted by El Universal publication.

On Tuesday, Ortega Diaz said that the country's authorities had violated the constitution amid ongoing political crisis and street protests and called the country's Supreme Court one of the main usurpers of power.

Ortega Diaz herself is currently on trial, being suspected of committing illegal actions when performing her duties. She is prohibited from leaving the country and transferring property to management of third parties, all her accounts are frozen. The Attorney General's troubles began after she opposed the authorities' actions in the situation with more than three months of street protests and their intention to change the constitution.

The South American country has seen almost four months of violent protests that erupted in early April and have since claimed the lives of over 110 people. They followed an unsuccessful attempt of the Venezuelan Supreme Court to absorb the legislative power of the country's parliament, the National Assembly.

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