Venezuela's Maduro says vote for new congress will take place

By Andrew Cawthorne Latin America Reuters

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks at a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, June 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) (AP)

CARACAS (Reuters) - Defying pressure from abroad and at home, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday that an election would go ahead next weekend for a controversial new congress his foes say will institutionalize dictatorship.

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"The imperial right wing believes it can give orders to Venezuela, the only ones who give orders here are the people," Maduro said in reference to a threat from U.S. President Donald Trump to impose economic sanctions if the vote is not aborted.

(Reporting and writing by Andrew Cawthorne; Editing by Gideon Long and Phil Berlowitz)

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