Santos will not recognize Maduro's National Constituent Assembly or its decisions

The Constituent Assembly marks a new stage in Venezuela's rule.

President Nicolas Maduro's wife and son are among the members of the 545-member assembly that unanimously selected former Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez as its president.

"The constituent assembly is solving Maduro's political problems, handing out quotas, and lynching institutions", said opposition lawmaker Jose Manuel Olivares after news of Ortega's removal.

The assembly of 500-plus members, which is tasked with rewriting the crisis-wracked country's constitution, took its seats in an oval chamber under the golden dome of the capital's 145-year-old Legislative Palace.

Opponents have said President Nicolás Maduro is using it to consolidate his power outside of the nation's laws.

The Vatican had joined dozens of States in rejecting the new assembly, which it said "creates a climate of tension and conflict" in the overwhelmingly Catholic country, The Guardian reported.


The foreign ministers of South America's largest nations meet in Lima, Peru, next week to wrestle with the issue of how to halt this nightmare on their doorstep.

The legitimacy of the Constituent Assembly has been thrown into question by claims of fraud, most notably by a British-based firm, Smartmartic, which was involved in supplying the technology for the July 30 vote. Since the opposition started a round of protests in April, Ortega has become the president's main challenger from within the ruling socialist movement, accusing him of human rights abuses and of running roughshod over democracy.

Maduro's security forces have stepped up pressure on dissenters. That has raised fears of violence that could add to a death toll of more than 125 over the past four months.

Fellow opposition leader Leopoldo López, re-arrested on the same night as Ledezma after having previously been placed under house arrest, remains incarcerated.

It was not immediately evident if Lopez would also be returned to his home.

Maduro says a transcript of a January phone call between Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and U.S. President Donald Trump showed deference and weakness on the part of Pena Nieto.


"The worldwide community should not make a mistake over Venezuela". Spain has been pressing the EU to impose sanctions on Venezuela but the European bloc has so far held off, although it condemned the assembly election. At home, he relies on backing from the military and judicial and electoral authorities.

It called on all the country's government, to guarantee full respect for human rights and basic freedoms, as well as for the existing Constitution.

"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".

The currency, the bolivar, lost around a third of its value this week, accelerating a long slide.

Frustration in Venezuela has been building for years due to poor economic policies, including strict price controls coupled with high inflation rates, which have resulted in a severe lack of basic necessities such as toilet paper, milk, flour, diapers, and medicines.



Popular
  • Grand Jury Seated For Investigation Into Russia's Involvement In US Election

    Grand Jury Seated For Investigation Into Russia's Involvement In US Election

    A former senior intelligence official tells NBC the special counsel is looking at whether the president obstructed justice.
    Derrick Rose meeting with Cavaliers amid Kyrie Irving trade request

    Derrick Rose meeting with Cavaliers amid Kyrie Irving trade request

    Suffice it to say, things aren't going well for the Cavs, and it's looking like it won't be getting better any time soon. Cleveland went a combined 78-152 with Irving running the show in the three seasons preceding James' triumphant return.
    Siemens halts sale of power turbines to Russian Federation

    Siemens halts sale of power turbines to Russian Federation

    Reuters said at the time the delivery might have taken place without Siemens' knowledge, which the company has since confirmed. The EU imposed sanctions on Russian Federation after its annexation of the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine in March 2014.
  • Venezuelans Prepare To Vote On Constitutional Referendum

    Venezuelans Prepare To Vote On Constitutional Referendum

    The protests and strikes were part of an opposition strategy to force Maduro from power through early elections. Fears of open civil conflict have prompted thousands of Venezuelans to join an exodus into Colombia.
    Blast Near Arfa Kareem Towers In Lahore; 9 Casualties Reported

    Blast Near Arfa Kareem Towers In Lahore; 9 Casualties Reported

    A blast in Lahore in February was initially thought to be a militant attack, but turned out to be a gas explosion . Mr Sharif condemned the attack and called for the best possible medical service for the survivors.

    Danilo explains why he rejected Chelsea for Manchester City

    David de Gea is one of Manchester United's strongest players but has had his head turned by Real Madrid for a few years. Ander Herrera has insisted that Manchester United would not win the title next season if they sold David de Gea .
  • Sergio Ramos: I hope Neymar leaves Barcelona

    Sergio Ramos: I hope Neymar leaves Barcelona

    The Real Madrid centre half also addressed the ongoing rumours that Neymar could be about to leave Barcelona to join PSG . Messi reportedly said farewell to his South American counterpart and wished him well for his new adventure in Ligue 1.
    No evidence 39 Indians are dead, search to continue: Sushma

    No evidence 39 Indians are dead, search to continue: Sushma

    Swaraj also told the House that she had spoken to her Turkey counterpart and that country had agreed to help trace the abducted Indians.
    Panthers release concussed tackle Oher after failed physical

    Panthers release concussed tackle Oher after failed physical

    He started 16 games during the regular season and three postseason games in his first year with the franchise. In May, Oher was accused of assaulting an Uber driver in Nashville, Tennessee, according to Nashville Police.
  • Mohsin Khan's fan moment with Shah Rukh Khan (TV Snippets)

    Mohsin Khan's fan moment with Shah Rukh Khan (TV Snippets)

    Salman and Shah Rukh are both huge stars, they are megastars. "Each one is unique and different". The latest track from " Jab Harry Met Sejal " is all about embracing freedom and going Phurrr .

    Powerful bomb explosion kills over 20 Shia Muslims in western Afghanistan

    Areas dominated by Shia Muslims in Afghanistan have been hit by attacks repeatedly in the past year, by both IS and the Taliban. A spokesman for the interior ministry had earlier said he suspected the explosion may have been caused by a auto bomb.
    Iran vows 'decisive response' to U.S.  sanctions bill

    Iran vows 'decisive response' to U.S. sanctions bill

    The bill should be approved by the Senate and signed by the president in order to become legal. Besides, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said Wednesday that the U.S.

CONNECT