Venezuela’s New, Powerful Assembly Takes Over Legislature’s Duties

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Diosdado Cabello, left, a member of Venezuela’s new Constituent Assembly, in Caracas this week. “We are moving ahead for the fatherland,” he wrote on Twitter.

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Venezuela’s new Constituent Assembly granted itself wide powers to write and pass legislation on Friday, a move that essentially nullifies the opposition-led legislature and puts President Nicolás Maduro’s party firmly in control of the country.

In a decree, the assembly said it would “assume the ability to legislate over matters directly related to guaranteeing peace, security and sovereignty,” as well as a long list of other areas.

The move enables…

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