Maduro said that plans for the constituent Assembly elections will not change

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Goneeverything in Photobacterium of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro. Archival photoMaduro said that plans for the constituent Assembly elections will not change© RIA Novosti / Sergey Goneeverything the image Bank

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday that plans for the election of members of the national constituent Assembly, which expressed opposition to the so-called «people’s referendum», will remain unchanged.

On Sunday in a vote organized by the opposition, was attended by about 7.6 million of the 19 million voters of the South American country. The vast majority of them voted against the convening of the Assembly, which should prepare amendments to the Constitution.

«I’m convening a constituent Assembly for the sake of independence and sovereignty, and let Europe says what he wants, we don’t care what was said in Europe», — quotes the portal Nacional Maduro statement.

Earlier, the head of EU diplomacy Federica Mogherini urged the Venezuelan government to suspend preparations for the convening of a constituent Assembly in order not to exacerbate the divisions in society, and expressed hope for the resumption of negotiations between the authorities and the opposition to resolve the crisis with the support of the countries of the region. «Today went Federica Mogherini, to give orders to the government of Venezuela. What arrogance. Do they think that we are in 1809? Venezuela is free and sovereign country, not a colony of the European Union», — was indignant Maduro.

545 election of members of the national constituent Assembly scheduled for July 30. It will have to deal with the reform of the Constitution, the draft of which is expected to bring to a national referendum. The opposition believes that it is a violation of the Constitution, and the decision on the convocation of the constituent Assembly should not be accepted by the President and the referendum.