Venezuela's controversial new assembly convenes

Venezuela's controversial new assembly convenesA controversial new Venezuelan assembly packed with allies of unpopular President Nicolas Maduro held its inaugural session on Friday, deepening a rift with the opposition amid widespread international criticism of its legitimacy. The Constituent Assembly has supreme powers over all branches of government as it takes on its principal task of rewriting the 1999 constitution from Saturday, a week after it was elected in balloting marred by violence and allegations of fraud. Its 500-plus-members, who include Maduro’s wife and son, are led by Delcy Rodriguez, Maduro’s former foreign minister.

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