Caracas protest rally in Venezuela – in pictures

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Venezuela’s opposition is putting the brakes on plans to try to call early elections in the troubled country amid accusations that it would create chaos.

Calls for early elections have become more frequent amid food shortages, spiralling inflation and widespread violent anti-government protests.

The opposition has complained of a constitutional vacuum, citing technical difficulties in holding primaries at the moment.

But most opposition politicians say they are opting for a government-backed special election for a new legislative body, commonly called the constituent assembly.

While that electoral effort remains in limbo, opposition leaders are also considering their options for breaking the political deadlock by trying to push a presidential recall vote on the table.

The government says it needs the assembly to rewrite the constitution, something opponents claim is unconstitutional.

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