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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian Foreign Ministry has praised the election of a new speaker of the Venezuelan parliament as a move resulting from a legitimate democratic procedure, returning the situation in the Latin American country to the constitutional framework.

    "We see the election of the new parliamentary leadership as a result of a legitimate democratic procedure that contributes to returning the intra-Venezuelan political fight to the constitutional framework," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

    Pro-government lawmaker Luis Parra has been elected as the head of the Venezuelan parliament at a session of the legislature, which means he is set to replace opposition figure Juan Guaido at the position.

    Meanwhile, lawmakers supporting Guaido have later arranged a separate meeting, during which they have voted to re-elect Guaido, who declared himself the country's interim president early last year following violent protests.

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