Trump terms Maduro ‘a bad leader’


PV International Desk : US President Donald Trump described Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as a “bad leader” and an aspiring “dictator” on Monday, and threatened to take “strong and swift economic actions” if Maduro goes ahead with plans to rewrite the country’s constitution, reports CNN.

Maduro is pushing a plan to create a new Constituent Assembly with the power to rewrite Venezuela’s constitution. The body would replace the National Assembly, which is currently controlled by Maduro’s opponents. A nation-wide referendum is due to be held on the issue at the end of the month.

On Sunday almost a third of the country’s registered electorate, voted in an unofficial non-binding to reject the proposed assembly. The opposition is also calling for fresh elections before Maduro’s term ends in 2019.