Delcy Rodriguez, president of Venezuela's Constituent Assembly, insists there is no humanitarian crisis amid economic woes and international sanctions.
85 percent of poll respondents say there's 'no need to change the current constitution,' with opposition parties boycotting the upcoming vote.
Former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles is prevented from running for office for 15 years.
Legal troubles quashed a referendum effort that would have sought to recall the president.
The cuts are to last for more than a month as the country's economy continues to falter.
The government boosted imports somewhat in the run-up to the election, but overall shipments have tumbled this year.
The pair, nephews of the president's wife, had contacted an undercover U.S. agent about selling 800 kg of cocaine.
The could lift the lid on the illegal drugs trade and aid to Colombian guerrillas