Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hails his constituent election day a ''success'' despite reports of violence that killed at least seven people. No reporter narration.
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: QUALITY AS INCOMING (ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hailed his constituent election day a "success" on Sunday (July 30) despite reports of violence that killed at least seven people and saw a police station catch fire. Maduro, widely disliked for overseeing an unravelling of Venezuela's economy, has promised the assembly will bring peace by way of a new constitution after four months of opposition protests in which about 120 people have been killed. But opposition parties sat out the election, saying it was rigged to increase Maduro's powers, a view shared by governments including those of Colombia, Argentina and the United States. In what could be the spread of more aggressive tactics, a bomb exploded in Caracas earlier in the day and injured seven police officers. Also, a fire at a Caracas police station has been linked to public discontent but some critics of the government believe it is a government tactic to tarnish the opposition. No officers were reported to have been in the station.