"I propose to Venezuela’s political opposition to abandon its path of insurrection, return to the constitution and set up in the hours before the election for the national constituent assembly a table for dialogue, national agreement and reconciliation," Maduro said in a televised speech.
Interior Minister Nestor Luis Reverol has imposed a ban on street protests from Friday until next Tuesday as the nation prepares to vote this Sunday for a legislative body that will rewrite the constitution. The Democratic Unity Roundtable, an opposition party, said it would still hold a mass rally on Friday.
Over a hundred people have died in protest-related violence in Venezuela since early April. The state prosecution confirmed Thursday that a 16-year-old teenager had succumbed to a gunshot wound he received during Wednesday’s protests in Caracas, bringing the two days’ death toll up to five.