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Over the weekend, more than a dozen people were killed during voting to elect the members of the “constituents” assembly,” an illegal parallel legislature made up entirely supporters of Nicolas Maduro tasked with rewriting the country’s constitution.

Without the opposition-held, democratically-elected National Assembly, Venezuela will into de jure dictatorship after years of what the opposition has alleged has been functional, but de facto, dictatorship.

The result also brings Venezuela a step closer to outright civil war as the country braces for more violent protests between the people, the government, and their military apparatus. According to Venezuelan outlet RunRunes, 125 people have been killed in the violence since April.

The Venezuelan government has consistently signaled it is willing to protect the “Bolivarian revolution” with firearms, as seen by increasing brutality from security forces, who regularly use rubber bullets, water cannons, and tear gas against protesters.

On the contrary, El Nacional reports that opposition leaders will pursue legal and legislative means to challenge the election.

“We will do what we can to defend ourselves,” said opposition leader Freddy Guevara. “However, we are not violent and we are not harmed. If they are going to take us out, they can, they have the firepower. It will be them who take us out, while we will maintain our resistance.”

According to opposition leaders, turnout for the election was around 15 percent, while Maduro and government officials claimed it was 41.5 percent, approximately eight million people. On Sunday evening, Maduro claimed victory, hailing the poll as “the biggest vote the Bolivarian revolution has ever had in all 18-year electoral history” arguing that the result would bring “reconciliation and peace” to the country.

“Participation today will not reach the required 15 percent turnout to legitimize the result, states the constitution,” opposition leader Henrique Capriles wrote on Twitter. “You failed Maduro!”

While political tensions continue to rise, the country also teeters on the edge of a full-scale humanitarian crisis, as less and less Venezuelans can afford basic resources such as food, medicine and sanitary products after skyrocketing inflation.

According to dolartoday.com, which monitors the country’s unofficial exchange rate, the Venezuelan Bolivar fell a further 10 percent on Monday and has lost over 99.9 percent of its value since 2010.