The head of the pro-government electoral council said voting for the congress would be held in late July, while regional elections, meant to be held in 2016, would take place on December 10.
There was an worldwide outcry against the court's de facto annulment of the National Assembly, which the opposition won in late 2015 during an unprecedented economic and social crisis.
"In Venezuela there's rising a counterrevolution of Nazi-fascist influence that that has infected the emotions and thinking of thousands of compatriots, who believe they have the right to pursue others for the simple crime of being Venezuelan or Chavista or revolutionary", Maduro said Sunday during his weekly TV program.
How Did Venezuela Go From So Rich To So Poor? https://t.co/Gix7e3ONls (radio)- Alicia Hernández (@por_puesto) May 24, 2017 Meanwhile government critics have once again clashed with police on the streets of Caracas.
In an apparent bid to show the government was seeking a democratic solution to an economic meltdown that has left many Venezuelans scrabbling to afford three meals a day, Maduro signed a document formally establishing the terms for electing members of a "constituent assembly" that will be tasked with drafting a new constitution. Lucena in October said state elections would be held before July and local elections would take place at the end of 2017.
Opposition leaders were quick to cry foul at the proposal.
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His brother Hashem and father Ramadan have both been arrested in Tripoli - despite his dad claiming the family is "innocent". The bomber's name, Salman Abedi , was also leaked to the USA media against the wishes of the British authorities.
At least 53 people have been killed in protests and looting since a Supreme Court decision to nullify congress in late March.
Demonstrators contend Maduro's government is quickly becoming a full-fledged authoritarian regime, and that the constitution rewrite is one more attempt by Maduro to consolidate his power.
Opposition leaders have conceded that many among their ranks are guilty of criminal activity - reports of masked young men shaking down citizens for contributions to their "resistance" movement are common - but they insist that security forces and pro-Maduro militias are responsible for the majority of fatal attacks. In a letter released last week, the nation's chief prosecutor also said she would not participate, contending that rather than alleviate Venezuela's political upheaval it would likely only further accentuate it.
It says he plans to pack the "constituent assembly" with his supporters. A specific number of seats will being assigned to each municipality as well as individual workforce sectors including students, farmers, fishermen and the disabled.
Maduro said 176 of the assembly's members will be drawn from certain civil groups, which the opposition say are traditionally loyal to him and his late predecessor Hugo Chavez. Given the technical issues and other reasons the electoral council has provided for the year-long delay, Leon said it was astonishing that a new election could be convened within a period of just two months.
The move was immediately denounced by the opposition-controlled National Assembly.