June 2, 2017 / 1:22 AM / 3 months ago

Venezuela's Maduro announces referendum on plan for new congress

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a meeting with Vice Presidents at Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela June 1, 2017. Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERS

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's President Nicholas Maduro said on Thursday a referendum would be held on his controversial plan to create a new super-body known as a constituent assembly with powers to rewrite the constitution.

Reporting by Andrew Cawthorne; Editing by Toni Reinhold

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