May 1, 2017 / 11:56 PM / 7 months ago

Venezuela congress head calls on Venezuelans to rebel

CARACAS (Reuters) - The head of Venezuela’s National Assembly Julio Borges on Monday called on Venezuelans to rebel and not accept a “coup” by President Nicolas Maduro, who announced a vote for a new assembly with capacity to re-write the Constitution.

Julio Borges, President of the National Assembly, waves as he arrives for a National Assembly session at the Parque Miranda sports center in Caracas, Venezuela April 27, 2017. REUTERS/Marco Bello

The OPEC nation is undergoing a major economic crisis which has brought hundreds of thousands out to the streets in protest against the unpopular government over the last month.

Reporting by Eyanir Chinea and Diego Ore; Writing by Girish Gupta; Editing by Sandra Maler

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