06:38 GMT09 August 2020
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    Venezuela’s National Assembly will hold an urgent meeting next week after Nicolas Maduro inaugurated a controversial Constituent Assembly.

    MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) — Venezuela’s National Assembly said Friday it will hold an urgent meeting next week after President Nicolas Maduro inaugurated a controversial Constituent Assembly with broader powers.

    "The NA informs that the parliamentary board has called a meeting of the advisory committee for 10 a.m. on Monday and a special session for 2 p.m. at the Federal Palace," the legislative body tweeted.

    The historic Federal Legislative Palace in Caracas has been the seat of the opposition-controlled parliament. The new legislature will convene in a chamber in the same building.

    The powerful Constituent Assembly was installed earlier on Friday after a nationwide vote to select its 545 members. The embattled government said 41.53 percent of voters turned up to cast ballots, but opposition claims the turnout numbers have been inflated.


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