Venezuela's Constituent Assembly to Debate Economic Measures

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The United States slapped economic sanctions Wednesday on eight Venezuelan politicians linked to the creation of a controversial new assembly loyal to President Nicolas Maduro, including a brother of former president Hugo Chavez.

Embattled President Nicolas Maduro convoked the constitutional assembly in what he says is an attempt to resolve the nation's political standoff but opposition leaders contend it is a power grab. "We are looking for ways to coexist".

ANC President Delcy Rodriguez will preside over the commission. He said that the US' actions aren't solving the Venezuelan people's problems and are doing the opposite by making them worse. In Venezuela, forgiveness so far is not on offer. They expressed support for renewed negotiations between the government and opposition, though previous talks have failed. "Surely they will use this to continue to persecute and threaten".

The government said the removal was necessary because Ortega herself is under investigation for fanning political violence. In May, Maduro widened its powers to investigate political attacks in 2017, majority aimed at his government.

The UN report comes days after a controversial new legislature, the Constituent Assembly, took power.

"Anyone who has called for violence will appear before the Truth Commission to be disqualified from exercising any public office and be severely investigated", Diosdado Cabello, deputy chief of the Socialist Party, said Monday.

"It is unclear who the perpetrators in the remaining deaths may be", it said.

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Outside, police dispersed a small knot of protesters while pro-government militants prevented lawmakers from the rival, opposition-controlled parliament that shares the same Legislative Palace from entering.

Also Tuesday, the Supreme Court ordered the arrest of the mayor of the district of Chacao, in Caracas, Ramon Muchacho, for not following an order to remove barricades during recent protests.

Foreign ministers from 17 Western Hemisphere nations, however, refused to recognise the new "all-powerful body", AP reported.

In a statement after the ruling, Muchacho said he had been convicted for guaranteeing the right to peaceful protest and for "fighting for change in Venezuela".

Meanwhile, leaders from the Bolivarian Alliance, a leftist coalition of 11 Latin American nations, met in Caracas and declared Venezuela's constitutional assembly a "sovereign act" aimed at helping the nation overcome its difficulties.

Summoned by Peruvian president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, one of Maduro's most hardline critics, the meeting was held at the Foreign Ministry, and was chaired by Luna, although the Head of State did join the meeting in its final minutes.

Ministers and diplomats from 12 nations meeting in Lima called on the Venezuelan government to close the newly installed assembly, saying it represents a definitive break in the democratic order. "I think what we need is regional which Venezuela would be respected".

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