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    Venezuela Opposition Sues President Over Calling Constituent Assembly

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    Venezuela's opposition lawmaker Tomas Guanipa filed on Friday a lawsuit against President Nicolas Maduro over his plan to call a constituent assembly, local media reported.

    MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – The Nacional newspaper said Guanipa had accused Maduro, the National Electoral Council and the Supreme Court's constitutional body of trying to dismantle the country’s constitution, a crime punishable by a jail term of up to 24 years.

    On Thursday, Chief Prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz asked the Supreme Court to end the process of setting up the constituent assembly.

    Maduro said last month he was going to convene a special assembly with a power to rewrite the constitution as a way out of the deepening political crisis that gripped the country in early April after the Supreme Court’s attempt to curb parliamentary powers.


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