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    National Assembly Row: Venezuelan Soldiers Surround Chief Prosecutor's Office

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    A group of Venezuelan servicemen has surrounded the building of the country's chief prosecutor's office, the country's Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz said Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Thursday, Venezuela's chief prosecutor's office called for suspension of activities of the recently elected National Constituent Assembly. The prosecutors had also launched an investigation in potential abuses during the vote organized by the country's authorities.

    "I condemn this act of iniquity," the attorney general said on her Twitter account publishing photos of servicemen near the building.

    Also on Saturday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused Ortega Diaz of supporting the opposition groups.

    On Sunday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government held elections for delegates to the constituent assembly. The move led to mass protests across the nation. The manifestations resulted in numerous victims. Venezuelan opposition, as well as the European Union and the United States, among other countries, refused to recognize the body's legitimacy.

    According to the official figures, more than 8 million people, or over 41 percent of voters participated in the election. At the same time the country's opposition refused to recognize such estimation claiming that the results had been fabricated and the voter turnout had been lower by at least 1 million of people.

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