Venezuela installs new Constituent Assembly

Posted August 07, 2017

The Constituent Assembly was Maduro's answer to growing popular dissatisfaction with his government.

"The government is trying to hide proof of Oderbrecht, proof of corruption and the violation of human rights", Ortega told reporters before leaving on the back of on a motorcycle.

Over eight million people voted in Venezuela's ANC election on July 30 - a turnout of over 41 percent, according to electoral authorities - to choose from 6,120 candidates for the 545-member ANC in a mass display of support for a peaceful resolution to the crisis in the country.

Ortega, a Maduro critic, was replaced by one of his supporters. "This is a dictatorship, what we are living in Venezuela". "They try to assault it with terrorist attacks".

The reference to Oderbrecht, a Brazilian construction company, was in regard to alleged bribes paid to government officials in exchange for preferential contracts.

The government in Venezuela has put down an attempted uprising on a military base.

The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, installed the National Constituent Assembly elected last week in spite of criticism from the worldwide community and protests from the opposition.

Ortega refused to recognize the decision and vowed to continue defending the rights of Venezuelans from Maduro's "coup" against the constitution "with my last breath".

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President Maduro said Ortega Diaz was "complicit" in the "armed insurgency" that his government is facing through opposition protests, which have engulfed the country for more than four months and left more than 120 people dead. It only remained to Delcy Rodriguez, president of the Constituent assembly, proclaim, with a smile, the revocation "unanimously" Ms. Ortega. Venezuela's socialist party (PSUV) leaded by Hugo Chávez implemented an anti-capitalist revolution ("La Revolución Bolivariana") when it came to power in 1999, and since then the party has destroyed Venezuela's democracy up to the point of emulating totalitarian governments such as Bashar al-Assad's in Syria, Kim Jong-un's in North Korea, and Robert Mugabe's in Zimbabwe.

It also has the power to dissolve the opposition-controlled National Assembly.

The opposition, which controls the legislature, has become sidelined.

Several governments in the region, including those of Colombia, Mexico and Peru, have criticized the new constitutional assembly as anti-democratic.

Officials from the four Mercosur founding countries - Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay - agreed to the measure based on a founding protocol that allows for punitive measures and permanent suspension against countries that violate democratic principles.

Maduro responded to the global criticism by telling an Argentine radio station that "Venezuela will not be taken out of Mercosur - never!"

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