Jan 5, 2021

Venezuela crisis: Maduro loyalists take control of parliament

In Venezuela, a new National Assembly has been sworn in which is dominated by lawmakers from the socialist party led by President Nicolás Maduro. The opposition-controlled National Assembly was a thorn in Mr Maduro's side. Mr Maduro therefore made regaining control of the National Assembly his government's main priority. While Jorge Rodríguez, who was elected leader of the National Assembly loyal to Mr Maduro, tweeted that "The people" had returned to the National Assembly building to "Regain the power that was cruelly stolen from them...we will triumph!". Mr Rodríguez said that the National Assembly loyal to Mr Maduro would strive to promote "National dialogue" to heal the deep divisions in Venezuela between those who support the Mr Maduro and those who want to see him removed from office.

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