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Xinhua | Updated:2016-10-27 10:25Demonstrators clash with members of Venezuelan National Guard during a rally demanding a referendum to remove Venezuelas President Nicolas Maduro, in San Cristobal, Venezuela October 26, 2016. [Photo/Agencies]CARACAS – Venezuelas President Nicolas Maduro activated on Wednesday the nations Defense Council on a permanent basis to find a solution to the countrys political, economic and social crisis.The Constitutions Article 323 says that the Defense Council is the highest advisory organ of the state to plan and assess matters related to the defense of the country.At a press conference from the presidential place, Maduro said the Council would attend “the end of 2016 with the best criteria and knowledge possible so that…peace may reign.”The first meeting of this Council was attended by the executive vice-president, Aristóbulo Istúriz, several ministers and representatives of the judiciary. However, although National Assembly President, Henry Ramos Allup, was invited, the opposition leader did not attend.At the press conference, Maduro said that Allup was continuing to go against the Constitution. He added that he wanted to hold a “consultation with all sectors, workers, farmers and professional moments. There will be a permanent social dialogue.”Despite his criticism of Allup, Maduro also called all actors to join the first phase of dialogue between the government and the opposition on Oct 30 in the island of Margarita.Maduro then stated the Defense Council would seek to tackle the economic situation, which has risen to over 700 percent this year.”I ask this Council to make proposals in the best national interest,” he expressed.Finally, he said that the Council would seek to make reparations to victims of political violence and to guarantee the lack of foreign interventionism.”Venezuela is the target of international persecution and we are forced to reject any attempt at intervention,” vowed Maduro.On Tuesday, the National Assembly, in majority controlled by the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), voted to open a political trial against Maduro for causing the crisis and ordered him to appear on Nov 1. Related StoriesChina, Venezuela to expand cooperation on logistics, energyVenezuela, China join efforts to produce oilLoans to Venezuela are relatively safeMisreading the Venezuela move408 people arrested in Venezuela after street violencePhotoQueen Elizabeth visits new town PoundburyS.Korean presidents approval rating drops on confidant scandalRed Arrows hit the mark with smart talkUK campaigners urge govt to accept refugees from FranceTurkish troops kill 17 IS militants since Mosul operation: FMThe world in photos: Oct 17-23Most Viewed in 24 HoursWeekly PhotoThe world in photos: Oct 17-23NewsmakerMiss Philippineswins 2016 Miss International Beauty Pageant2016 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards FinalistsSpecialPresident Xi visits Cambodia, BangladeshPremier Li attends UN meetingsReporters JournalSun Yat-sens memory unites Chinese on national rejuvenation, unificationFrom street food to museums, Chinese food hot in the USChina-JapanJapans defense white paper makes irresponsible accusations against ChinaChina-USWoman reunited with Chinese rescuer 71 years onChina-EuropeGroundbreaking early photographs of Shanghai head for LondonChina-AfricaNew Zanzibar hospital funded by ChinaBACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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