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Venezuelan government praises election condemned by opposition

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Staff Writer | July 31, 2017
Venezuela's vote for a new constitutional assembly took place Sunday with praise from the ruling government and sharp criticism from its right-wing opposition, as well as several governments around the world.
Tibisay Lucena
LatAm   Peace has won
"Peace has won. If peace has won, Venezuela has won," said National Electoral Council President Tibisay Lucena at a press conference.

"Despite the violence and threats, Venezuelans were able to express themselves."

Lucena said that 41 percent of eligible voters - more than 8 million people - voted in the election.

But that number was rebuked by the opposition, which estimated only 2 million people voted, while an independent analysis put the number at 3.6 million.