Caracas, Feb 22 (AFP) President Nicolas Maduro called today for snap legislative elections in Venezuela, proposing to bring them forward by nearly two years to coincide with a presidential poll set for April 22. Also Read - Happy New Year 2021: 'May The Spirit of Hope & Wellness Prevail', PM Modi Extends Greetings

Maduro said he was proposing the change to the all-powerful Constituent Assembly “to advance the elections.” The idea of bringing forward the legislative elections to April 22 was already mooted by the number two of Maduro’s ruling socialist party on Tuesday. Also Read - President Kovind Extends New Year Greetings, Hopes India Marches Ahead to Achieve Progress

He also hit back at the opposition coalition, which said earlier it would not participate in the April 22 presidential election without guarantees that they would be free and fair. Also Read - 'This is God': Mysterious Gold, Silver Jewelry Washes up on Venezuelan Beach; Villagers Are Overjoyed

“We are going to the elections come rain, shine or lightning, with or without the MUD,” said Maduro, adding that he would also propose bringing forward the legislative vote to “renew” the opposition-dominated parliament. (AFP) –

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