People walk in line to cast their vote at a polling station during the Constituent Assembly election in Caracas, Venezuela, July 30, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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A youth opposition leader was killed in Venezuela on Sunday in a protest against a contentious election organized by President Nicolas Maduro, prosecutors said.The vote has been fiercely opposed by months of deadly street protests and criticized internationally.Venezuela's opposition says it is a bid for the beleaguered Maduro to cling to power by getting around the parliament controlled by its lawmakers.Maduro has predicted a "big victory" in the contentious vote Sunday, as his opposition claims he's moving to outright dictatorship.Maduro, who this week decreed a ban on anti-government demonstrations ahead of the vote, called the new body a "triumph".Four months of protests against Maduro's rule, and more recently the Constituent Assembly plan, have killed 113 people.It also appealed for a boycott of the election, which surveys suggest is rejected by more than 70 percent of Venezuelans.On Saturday, opposition protests were far smaller than in previous days, before Maduro's ban.
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