As the death toll reaches 115 amid protests and intimidation, Venezuelans must decide whether to vote for members of a constitutional body that many say threatens democracy

Streets were near-deserted on Sunday as Venezuelans trickled to the polls to elect a constitutional super-body that United Socialist party leader President Nicolás Maduro has vowed would begin a new era for the crisis-stricken nation.

Maduro, under fire for overseeing an economic collapse during four years in office, has pressed ahead with the vote to create the all-powerful assembly despite the threat of further US sanctions and months of opposition protests in which more than 115 people have been killed.

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