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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
Trump endorses new 'merit-based' immigration system
The legislation also proposed to limit green cards to 50,000 refugees a year, which is in line with the 13-year average . Factors that would be taken into account include English language skills, education, high-paying job offers and age.
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More than 7,000 deaths have been reported from July 1, 2016, after Duterte took office, to January 21, according to police. De Guzman said they were armed with six search warrants for firearms, corresponding to the six places that were raided.
Johnson votes "yes" to allow healthcare debate
The 80-year-old McCain had been home in Arizona trying to decide on treatment options for brain cancer. In a statement , McCain called the Senate's inability to craft wide-ranging legislation "inexcusable".
Carmelo Anthony, Thunder Have Mutual Interest
Another player, perhaps Kyle Singler, would have to be added to the deal to make it acceptable under the rules of the salary cap. Anthony is owed $54 million over the next two seasons, and his contract also includes an $8 million trade kicker.
Despite job growth, Illinois' unemployment rate rises
The bureau of labor statistics estimates the number of unemployed people in the IL workforce increased by 1.2 percent last month. Gedney, however, questioned the construction employment estimates for June, saying he didn't think those moved lower.
Pet dog resuscitated by California firefighters
The Bakersfield Fire Department posted the video to its Facebook page on Wednesday, where it has been viewed almost 700,000 times. Bakersfield Fire Department Battalion Chief John Frando said firefighters encountered "heavy fire" at the home.