Caracas (CNN)Venezuelans have been summoned to the polls on Sunday to vote for a new lawmaking body, to be known as the Constituent Assembly.
There are 545 seats up for grabs and those elected would essentially replace the current National Assembly — which is controlled by opponents of President Nicols Maduro’s government.
The newly elected body would rewrite the 1999 constitution, the cornerstone of former President Hugo Chavez’s “Bolivarian Revolution,” which extended presidential term limits and allowed for indefinite reelections.
The vote will be split into two categories — some voters will register by municipality, others based on the industry in which they are employed.
A two-day general strike was organized by the opposition in defiance of the vote. Businesses throughout Caracas were shuttered on the first day of the strike Wednesday, as barricades blocked the streets.
Maduro critics also held an unofficial vote on July 16 to demonstrate public opposition. Over 7 million Venezuelans — nearly 40% of the voting population — cast ballots against Maduro’s proposals in the non-binding referendum. They also announced a boycott of Sunday’s vote and said they would refuse to recognize its results.
President Donald Trump criticized the vote, saying the White House would take “strong and swift economic actions” against “a bad leader.”