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AMERICA: Venezuela vote: Authorities reject inflation claim.

Venezuela's electoral authorities have dismissed a claim that turnout in the controversial vote for a new constituent assembly was inflated. The firm behind the voting system said turnout was at least one million fewer than the government figure. But the head of the election council hit back, calling it an "irresponsible claim, with unfounded estimations". The opposition see the new assembly as an attempt by President Nicolás Maduro to cling on to power. They boycotted the election and also held an unofficial referendum in which they said more than seven million Venezuelans voted against the constituent assembly. Despite intense pressure at home and abroad, Mr Maduro is ploughing on with the constituent assembly. The first deputies for the new body have received their credentials, among them Mr Maduro's wife and son. Venezuela remains in political and economic turmoil. Tumbling oil prices have hit social programmes hard and scores of people have died protesting against the government.

Venezuela's electoral authorities have dismissed a claim that turnout in the controversial vote for a new constituent assembly was inflated.

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