The Maduro administration has finally announced there will be legislative elections later this year, though in typical fashion it is not quite sure when. Here is a pretty testy announcement from the state news agency. This comes after the Brazilian foreign minister publicly said he pushed the government to do so.
Brazilian Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira said he met with Venezuelan government officials this week and told them a date must be set quickly for the National Assembly election that is meant to be held before the end of the year.
"I insisted that elections should be called as soon as possible and held within the legal time frame," Vieira said at a news conference.
Update: even Ernesto Samper is delicately saying that Venezuela needs to fix the date ASAP.