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Venezuela's opposition stages a symbolic referendum to reject plans to rewrite the constitution – Los Angeles Times

Government opponents sought to deal a symbolic blow Sunday to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, casting votes in an unofficial referendum designed to reject his controversial plan for a constitutional overhaul.

The balloting was organized by the opposition and denounced by the government as illegal and seditious. But turnout appeared high at thousands of makeshift voting places set up throughout the country.

Opposition activists said millions participated, and the counting of ballots continued into the night.

Although there were no immediate results released, the count was expected to mark a clear repudiation of Maduro, since pro-government Venezuelans rejected the effort.

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