Jul 22, 2017

Venezuela row as National Assembly appoints judges

Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly has appointed 33 judges to the Supreme Court, prompting accusations of an attempted power grab. Mr Maduro has refused and is instead going ahead with plans to form a constituent assembly which would have the power to rewrite the constitution and bypass the National Assembly. Following the National Assembly's announcement, the government said it would not allow serving judges to be unseated. Since the opposition took over the National Assembly last year the court has consistently blocked all bills passed by Congress. The opposition announced last week that it would appoint new judges and that it would also take the first steps to set up a national unity government.

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