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Millions take part in symbolic referendum rejecting plans to rewrite Venezuela's constitution

Millions of government opponents dealt a symbolic blow Sunday to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, casting votes in an unofficial referendum rejecting his controversial plan for a constitutional overhaul.The balloting was organized by the opposition and denounced by the government as illegal and seditious. But turnout appeared high at thousands of makeshift voting places set up throughout the country and abroad.Opposition activists said more than 7 million Venezuelans participated, and that in excess of 98% opposed Maduro’s plan for a new assembly charged with rewriting the constitution. Still, it seemed unlikely that the vote would shift the points of view of many in this long-polarized nation. Gover ...