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>> Venezuela's controversal new legislative body further cementing its power and starting to pass laws.>>
> The opposition is also being boxed in, or being pressed on the ropes, by a couple of measures that have already been taken by the assembly.
But Maduro's loyalist Supreme Court has nullified virtually every law that it's passed. So by Saying that it is now empowered to pass laws, the new constituent assembly has officially taken over the responsibilities of Congress.>> The legislative assembly sparked global outcry when it was created last month. The US and other nations calling it an undemocratic tool For the governing socialist party to circumvent political opposition in the crisis-torn country.
Venezuela's opposition controlled Congress on Saturday rejected the law, making authority of the assembly, but they may have little power to resist it.>>
One is the creation of a truth commission, which is going to look into the backgrounds of opposition candidates who are running for governorships in the upcoming October election. If any of those candidates are found to have been involved with or helped to organize protests, in which about 120 people have died since the begin of April, they're gonna be barred from running for governorships.
That's a big problem, because since the beginning of April, virtually all opposition figures have been involved in calling for protests.>> If those candidates are found to have done so, they may face charges under a proposed law against expressions of hate and intolerance. Rights groups say the measure worded so vaguely that it could be used to prosecute nearly anyone who voices dissent.