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Venezuelan government praises election condemned by opposition

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Staff Writer | July 31, 2017
Tibisay Lucena
LatAm   Peace has won

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.

"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.

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