Venezuela's Pro-government Assembly Seizes Power From Congress

Katrina Barker
August 20, 2017

But National Assembly President Julio Borges said in an open letter later on Friday that the ANC was not an authentic constituent assembly but rather a "de facto power" set up to keep Maduro in power.

She hit back on Friday by claiming she had evidence implicating Maduro and his inner circle in an worldwide bribery scandal involving Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht.

In June, the Supreme Court barred Ortega from leaving the country and ordered her bank accounts frozen as part of its investigation into a complaint filed by a pro-government lawmaker that accused her of acting as an opposition leader and requested a probe into her "mental insanity".

The move Friday, August 18, by the Constituent Assembly, which is loyal to socialist President Nicolas Maduro, was angrily rejected by opposition leaders and has drawn widespread global condemnation as a power grab by Maduro loyalists.

The move has been rejected by parliament, which said Venezuelans and the global community would not recognise the new powers.

In an interview with The Washington Post this month, Ortega denounced the creation of the new Constituent Assembly - members of which include Maduro's wife and son - as "the birth of a dictatorship".

After they have passed through the caribbean island of Aruba, "Ms. Ortega arrived accompanied by her husband the mp German Ferrer", according to a press release, immigration services, colombia.

It was not clear whether the couple were seeking asylum in Colombia.

Venezuela's deposed chief prosecutor and her husband have fled the country after she was dismissed by a controversial new legislative superbody.

The opposition, which won control of congress in 2015 but has seen its decisions nullified by Maduro's loyalist Supreme Court, boycotted the late July election of the assembly.

In recent days, Venezuelans have watched as a steady parade of top officials, including Maduro, knelt before the assembly charged with rewriting the 1999 constitution and recognized it as the country's supreme authority. The decision was later reversed amid widespread worldwide criticism, but sparked a protest movement that has left more than 120 dead. Opposition leaders rejected the plan, calling it another attempt by Maduro to increase his power.

Since the constituyente's installation, the opposition coalition party ticket has been banned in seven states entirely, while the vote - now slated for October - has been brought forward by two months.

"They are very anxious and anguished", Ortega said.

Assembly delegates approved a decree giving them the authority to pass legislation to guarantee the peace, sovereignty and economic well-being of Venezuelans in the face of what they consider relentless machinations by Maduro's opponents.

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