Vatican urges Venezuela to suspend constitutional revision

Vatican urges Venezuela to suspend constitutional revision

A controversial new Venezuelan assembly packed with allies of unpopular president Nicolas Maduro held its first session, deepening a rift with the opposition and in the teeth of global criticism from the United States, the European Union and major Latin American nations calling it illegitimate. "What we have is love, what we have is a crisis of the right-wing fascists".

Some shouted, "He's returned", as a jab at the opposition, which ordered images of Chavez removed from an adjacent building when it won control of congress in 2015.

The assembly was scheduled to meet again Saturday, and Rodriguez said it would be taking action against the socialist government's opponents. "Tomorrow we start to act".

And foreign ministers from several South American nations said they will gather today in Brazil for an emergency meeting amid speculation they could decide to evict Venezuela from the Mercosur trade bloc for violating its democratic norms.

The Holy See asked specifically that political and governmental agents "avoid or suspend ongoing initiatives such as the new constitutional assembly which, instead of fostering peace and reconciliation, foments a climate of tension and conflict and mortgages the future".

But with the European Union and other nations also condemning the Constituent Assembly, Maduro is fighting against a broad tide, even if he has support of Russian Federation, which holds billions in Venezuelan debt, as well as Cuba, Bolivia and Nicaragua. It says the constituent assembly is a way for the president to cling to power.

The decision to annul the powers of the opposition-led parliament was later revoked، but the protests have only continued since then.

The opposition boycotted Sunday's election of the Constituent Assembly, arguing that the rules were rigged to benefit the government, and almost all the candidates were supporters of Maduro's administration.

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Maduro's government plans to install a new national assembly, which will draft a new national constitution to give the president sweeping new powers.

The statement called on all political actors in Venezuela, particularly the government, to ensure that human rights and fundamental freedoms were respected.

The following day the software company involved in setting up a nationwide election last weekend issued a statement saying, "We know, without any doubt, that the turnout of the recent election for a National Constituent Assembly was manipulated".

Shortly after, the new assembly announced Tarek William Saab, who faces US sanctions, was the new Attorney General of Venezuela.

While Ortega's sacking was contentious for them, she did not enjoy wide public support because of her previous loyalty to the government.

"It will be a biased and biased instrument that will not solve, but will aggravate the acute problems of high cost of living, the shortage of food and medicines that suffer the people, and deepen and worsen the deep political crisis we now face".

And in a surprise reversal, security forces transferred the Caracas mayor, Antonio Ledezma, from jail to house arrest, just days after they whisked him out of his home in his pajamas in a midnight raid.

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