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Eleena Tovar | 17 Julio, 2017, 17:19

They also voted for the armed forces to defend the current constitution.

In recent weeks, the camp government has hinted of cracks, with positions critical of the prosecutor general Luisa Ortega, a chaviste entry into dissent and the threat of a trial that could lead to his dismissal.

They're worried that a new constitution might mean the abolition of Parliament, which they control, although the Supreme Court, which is controlled by the government, has rendered Parliament powerless for a very long time now.

Ex-Bolivian president Jorge Quiroga was among a group of former Latin American presidents who flew to Caracas on Saturday to support the opposition.

Still, the government blames its opposition and foreign enemies for the food scarcity, accusing private companies of intentionally cutting back production in an attempt to destabilize the country.

The opposition has told its supporters to stay away from the Maduro-backed vote on 30 July.

"I have a lot of family, aunts, cousins, that work hard and work for their property, and that's not right", Faria said. And they (Maduro and his officials) only want to hold on to power.

Left to right, Jose Virtuoso, rector of the Andres Bello Catholic University (UCAB), Raul Lopez Sayago, rector of the Pedagogical Experimental Libertador University (UPEL), Cecilia Garcia Arocha (C), rector of the Central University of Venezuela (UCV), Jessy Divo, rector of the University of Carabobo, Benjamin Scharifker, Rector of the Metropolitan University (UNIMET), "Commission of Guarantors" of the National Assembly consultation process address the media announcing the results on the plebiscite against Nicolas Maduro's regimen and his plan to rewrite the constitution, in Caracas, Venezuela July 16, 2017.

Applications for asylum lodged by Venezuelan nationals have "soared", with 52,000 already this year against 27,000 in all of 2016, the UN refugee agency said.

"Don't go crazy, calm down", he said in a message to the opposition, vowing his Constituent Assembly would bring peace to the volatile nation.

More than 1,900 polling stations were operated by opposition volunteers in public plazas, churches and sporting facilities.

The population in the oil-rich South American nation, meanwhile, is suffering a crushing economic crisis, with shortages of food and medicine and triple-digit inflation.

Venezuelans have sought asylum mainly in the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Uruguay, and Mexico, UNHCR spokesman William Spindler said.

The symbolic vote, organized by the Democratic Unity Opposition Coalition, took place at polling locations across the globe.

While opponents of the government lined up to vote, Maduro loyalists held a "drill" for the constituent assembly, calling on supporters to participate in a mock voting exercise that was covered widely on state-run news outlets.

They will not have access to traditional electoral infrastructure for the hastily convened plebiscite, and the elections council - which the opposition calls a pawn of Maduro - is simultaneously holding a test-run for the July 30 vote. Few expected turnout to be that high, but analysts said participation by more than 8 million people would significantly add to pressure on the government. "As if they are autonomous and decide on their own", said Mr Maduro.

Queues started to form early and there was a festive atmosphere in most places.