Nicolas Maduro: The Path From Bus Driver to Venezuelan …

Elizabeth Chuck

At the center of Venezuela’s massive political and economic crisis is President Nicolas Maduro, an unpopular socialist who this week taunted President Donald Trump and was placed in an “exclusive club” of dictators subject to U.S. sanctions.

Maduro held a vote on Sunday — which critics called a naked power grab to avoid a democratic election that he would surely lose — to replace Venezuela’s National Assembly with a new National Constituent Assembly and rewrite the nation’s constitution.

Image: Maduro celebrates Constituent Assembly election results

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro celebrates election results after a national vote on his proposed Constituent Assembly at Plaza Bolivar in Caracas on July 31.