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Millions cast symbolic votes for Venezuela opposition referendum

(AP) Venezuela’s opposition says more than 7.1 million people voted in a symbolic rejection of President Nicolas Maduro’s plan to rewrite the constitution.

That’s less than the 7.7 million who voted for opposition candidates in 2015 legislative elections that gave the opposition control of congress.

Also Sunday, government supporters went to polling stations in a rehearsal for a July 30 vote to elect members of the assembly that will retool Venezuela’s 1999 constitution.

The opposition says that vote has been structured to pack the constitutional assembly with government supporters and allow Maduro to eliminate the few remaining checks on his power.

The day was marred by violence when a 61-year-old woman was killed and four people wounded by gunfire that erupted after government supporters on motorcycles swarmed an opposition polling site.

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