The Latest: Venezuela assembly declares self top gov’t body

9 Aug 2017   Venezuela

The latest on Venezuela’s political crisis (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Venezuela’s new constitutional assembly has passed a decree declaring itself superior to all other branches of government. The order passed Tuesday bars the opposition-controlled National Assembly and other agencies from taking any action that would interfere with the laws passed by the pro-government super-body. Embattled President Nicolas Maduro convoked the constitutional assembly in what he says is an attempt to resolve the nation’s political standoff but opposition leaders contend it is a power grab. Opposition leaders and a growing list of foreign government have refused to recognize the new assembly. — 3:50 p.m. As Venezuela descends into political chaos, a prominent opposition leader is taking umbrage over soccer great Diego Maradona’s defense of President Nicolas Maduro’s embattled government. Former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles offers in an interview with Argentina’s Radio Mitre […]

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