US has deep concerns about Venezuela

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US has deep concerns about Venezuela

The United States is criticising Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's intent to create a new super-body known as a "constituent assembly", saying it is an attempt to cling to power.

"We have deep concerns about the motivation for this constituent assembly which overrides the will of the Venezuelan people and further erodes Venezuelan democracy," said Michael Fitzpatrick, the deputy assistant secretary of state for the Western hemisphere, in a phone call with reporters on Tuesday.

"What President Maduro is trying to do yet again is change the rules of the game" in an effort to remain in power.