16:33 GMT28 January 2021
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    BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says the new parliament must define the criminal and administrative responsibility of members of the former National Assembly.

    Speaking to the newly-elected lawmakers on Monday, Maduro said that the work of the previous National Assembly was "a failure, a rollback" and that the new parliament must present the people of Venezuela with information on all crimes committed by former deputies.

    "The new National Assembly will have time to draw balance and establish criminal and administrative responsibility for all people who were in that [former] National Assembly," Maduro said, as broadcast on his Twitter page.

    On December 6, Venezuela held parliamentary elections in which over 100 political parties and associations took part. Over 20 parties, including the opposition bloc of Juan Guaido, a failed coup leader, refused to participate in the vote.

    The socialist Simon Bolivar Great Patriotic Pole alliance (GPPSB) took 91.34 percent of the parliamentary seats, according to election results released by the National Electoral Council (CNE) earlier this month.

    The GPPSB alliance, which includes Maduro’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela, got 4,317,819 votes, winning 253 out of 277 seats in the National Assembly. Another 11 parliamentary seats were taken by the Democratic Alliance.

    In January 2019, Venezuela plunged into a political crisis when the then-head of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, Juan Guaido, proclaimed himself interim president in a bid to oust reelected President Maduro from power. The United States and most Western countries endorsed Guaido and slapped crippling sanctions on Venezuela. Russia, China, Turkey and several other nations have been supporting Maduro.

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement earlier this month that Washington condemned the most recent parliamentary election in Venezuela, calling it a "charade".


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