“Please, hold your internal referendum of the right-wing parties, very well, but I urge the Venezuelans to peacefully take part in the planned political events, with respect to the ideas and peace,” Maduro said on Saturday, as quoted by the NTN24 broadcaster.
The president urged the Venezuelan nationals to take part in the rehearsal of election to the National Constituent Assembly, which will take place in parallel with the opposition’s referendum.
“We will not allow any external interference in the affairs of Venezuela, we are ready to defend the motherland from imperialism, nothing will prevent the elections to the constituent assembly to take place,” Maduro said, as quoted by the broadcaster.
Venezuela has been experiencing a period of political instability for a long time because of the drastic economic situation in the country. The most recent protests erupted in April after the country's Supreme Court tried to take over legislative powers from the opposition-controlled National Assembly. The top court reversed the ruling but the step did not stop the mass demonstrations.
In May, Maduro announced his decision to call the National Constituent Assembly, which was regarded by the opposition as an attempted coup and resulted in further escalation of tensions that resulted in the deaths of over 90 people.