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nezuela's new legislative super body sworn in on Friday, following deadly protests and a controversial vote that's drawn worldwide condemnation. The newly elected assembly will now have the power to rewrite the country's constitution. And decide whether to allow President Nicolas Maduro to rule by decree, power the opposition in Venezuela says officially makes him a dictator.
Reuters correspondent, Hugh Bronstein.>> This is a plaza in Caracas, where the opposition is organizing a march. They're going to go down to the congressional complex later today and try to stop the newly elected, and today, inaugurated constituent assembly from doing what it states it wants to do and what it was elected to do.
Which is basically make Hugo Chavez's socialist revolution a permanent state in Venezuela. Last Sunday, Maduro, a protege of Chavez, held an election that was criticized by governments around the world, including the United Nations. And even Pope Francis said that the election of the 545 member constituent assembly was an affront to democracy.
Because it basically is going to nullify the opposition controlled Congress and give sweeping new powers to Maduro.>> The assembly's election prompting Washington to impose financial sanctions on Maduro, freezing his assets that are under US jurisdiction and prohibiting US citizens from doing any business with him. In the four months leading up to the vote, demonstrators have clashed with government security forces.
At least 125 people have been killed in the unrest.