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Venezuela court rejects call to stop constitution rewrite

By on June 12, 2017

An anti-government protester stands in front of burning barricade on a highway in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 24, 2017. The protest movement against President Nicolás Maduro has claimed more than 60 lives as it enters its third month. (Ariana Cubillos/AP)

CARACAS — Venezuela’s Supreme Court has rejected the chief prosecutor’s motion to stop President Nicolás Maduro’s push to rewrite the constitution.

The court announced Monday it has declared Luisa Ortega Díaz’s request inadmissible because she did not present sufficient legal grounds.

Ortega Díaz made an impassioned plea last week on the steps of the Supreme Court to declare Maduro’s special assembly unconstitutional.

She said the future of the embattled nation’s democracy is at stake.

The decision follows two months of anti-government protests that continue to rock the nation. A partial transit strike was underway Monday morning.

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