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Venezuela Attorney General Says Congress Illegally Formed

By on July 31, 2016

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2016, file photo, lawmakers vote on the daily agenda during the first National Assembly session in Caracas, Venezuela. During the floor debate Thursday, March 10. 2016, Venezuela’s opposition-controlled Congress gave preliminary approval to a bill that would put the country on the road to a presidential recall referendum. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)

In this Jan. 6, 2016, photo, lawmakers vote on the daily agenda during the first National Assembly session in Caracas, Venezuela. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)

CARACAS, Venezuela – The conflict between Venezuela’s socialist government and its opposition-led Congress is growing even sharper.

The country’s attorney general says the National Assembly is now illegally constituted because in recent days it swore in three members who’d been ruled out by the government-friendly Supreme Court.

Attorney General Reinaldo Munoz said Saturday that the congressional action threatens democracy and indicated that bills it passes would be invalid.

President Nicolas Maduro’s government has largely ignored Congress in any case. And the Supreme Court has sided with the executive in every case.

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