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Handout photo released by the Venezuelan Presidency shows president Nicolas Maduro casting his vote in Caracas on July 30, 2017. Polls opened in Venezuela on Sunday for the election of a new, all-powerful "Constituent Assembly" that President Nicolas Maduro promised would end his country's political and economic crisis by rewriting the constitution. 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.
Handout photo released by the Venezuelan Presidency shows president Nicolas Maduro casting his vote in Caracas on July 30, 2017. Polls opened in Venezuela on Sunday for the election of a new, all-powerful "Constituent Assembly" that President Nicolas Maduro promised would end his country's political and economic crisis by rewriting the constitution. 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.

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President Nicolás Maduro declared a sweeping victory after a controversial vote. CNN's Leyla Santiago reports.

Venezuela signals the start of 'dictatorship'

President Nicolás Maduro declared a sweeping victory after a controversial vote. CNN's Leyla Santiago reports.