Venezuela: New revolutionary congress formed

Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has announced the establishment of a committee to oversee the creation of a revolutionary assembly on January 23.

The assembly will bring together the country's progressive social movements and socialist politicians to reinvigorate the Bolivarian revolution, Maduro said.

Maduro oversaw the first meeting of an interim committee, which will lead to the creation of the broader people's congress, being called the Congress of the Homeland. About 100 people were sworn-in to the committee.

Vice-President Aristobulo Isturiz said people will discuss four main things: new forms of organisation, building a new cultural hegemony, building a new productive economic mode, and diversifying methods of struggle.

The committee is the result of weeks of community and grassroots social movement meetings across Venezuela. After meetings are held around the country, a national congress will be held on April 13.

Maduro called for renewed debate among Venezuela's progressives in the wake of the right wing victory in the National Assembly elections in December.

[Abridged from TeleSUR English.]

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