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CARACAS [url=]cheap jordan shoes free shipping[/url] , July 30 (Xinhua) -- Venezuelans turned out in large numbers to vote for a constituent assembly to amend the constitution, Vice President Tareck El Aissami said on Sunday.

"The people have turned out en masse to exercise this fundamental human right, this right that shows Venezuelans' civic spirit (and) commitment to building a country in a peaceful and democratic way," El Aissami told reporters [url=]wholesale retro jordans[/url] , after casting his vote in central Aragua state.

Polls opened at 6 a.m. for elections to choose the members of a National Constituent Assembly (ANC) to debate and amend the Constitution, an initiative proposed by the government of President Nicolas Maduro to resolve the political crisis and rejected by the opposition as an attempt to consolidate his power.

Caracas-based news network Telesur posted photos on its website that showed large crowds or long lines at polling stations in different parts of the country.

The coalition of conservative opposition parties, known by its Spanish acronym MUD, contested reports that turnout was robust [url=]wholesale authentic jordans[/url] , posting images of abandoned streets outside what it alleged were polling stations on Sunday.

According to El Aissami, voting was proceeding smoothly, except for an "isolated incident" in Tachira state that authorities brought under control. He gave no further details.

He also called Sunday's vote "a turning point towards a Venezuela with equality (and) social justice."

Despite the opposition calling on its supporters to defy a ban against anti-government demonstrations, there were no reports of major disturbances [url=]wholesale jordan shoes from china[/url] , according to electoral officials.

However, pockets of violent protest continued to break out in certain areas.

Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez said, "I can say that the entire country is completely calm at this time, except for certain outbreaks of violence against strengthening democracy through elections."

At least one person was reportedly killed as part of protests on Sunday.

Ricardo Campos [url=]wholesale jordan shoes[/url] , 30, died in the northeast state of Sucre, the General Prosecutor's Office said on Twitter.

An opposition legislator, Deputy Henry Ramos Allup [url=]cheap jordan 12 for sale[/url] , identified Campos as a youth opposition leader for the conservative Democratic Action (AD) party, and said he died of a gunshot near his home.

The ban on protests was in place from July 28 to August 1.

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ALPBACH, Austria, Aug. 30 (Xinhua)-- Austria's economy will be definitely back on track by 2020 and the unemployment rate will be brought down, State Secretary Harald Mahrer told Xinhua on Tuesday.

Harald said although Austria's economy growth is slow in the past years, he is confident the government is working to push the country back to a higher growth track.

"In the last eight to nine years we are not so much in changing the economic structure, just in keeping them, the way before 2008," Harald said.

While other economies are changing their structure, Harald noted the Austrian government is doing more to push the economy forward, including the applied research which would explore the new products and services.

"Austria will be back on track definitely by 2020, I am quite sure," said Harald.

As a developed economy, Austria no longer enjoys its low unemployment rate in the EU while its economy growth is getting slower.

He said he is confident to bring down the unemployment rate, "the simple path is the labor market flexibility."

He told Xinhua, to bring down unemployment rate, the government would foster the private investment which would create new companies, while pushing to invest much more in the education sectors.

"I do think in this government's period and next one, we will be able to bring down the unemployment rate and bring back growth rate we have before 2007," Harald said.

Austria is waiting for its next president, who is supposed to be elected on Oct. 2.

So far, right wing Free Party (FPO) candidate Norbert Hofer is the leading runner in the most recent poll of presidential election.

Hofer has softened his stands in EU after Brexit, but he is still somehow seen as an European skeptic politician who said he would use more power of the president if elected, although the president of the country is symbolic and with limited power.

"I do not think any of the two candidates will do this (intervene the government's economy policy, including the membership of the EU) because it is not wise, it is not good for the country at all," Mahrer, who works for the ministry of science, research and economy.

When asked about some people want to follow Brexit, he said " I do not think that's an option."

TOKYO, May 9 (Xinhua) -- Japan's Nikkei stock index edged up or 0.25 percent on Friday as solid earnings from some Japanese bellwether firms and optimism about the health of the U.S. economy following the latest jobless claims data combined to lift sentiment.

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