Venezuela’s controversial ‘super-agency’ turns one

Venezuela’s controversial Constituent Assembly (CA) marked its first anniversary on Saturday as the embodiment of President Nicolas Maduro’s entrenchment in power despite an economic crisis that has crippled the country’s public services and destroyed its currency.
The assembly’s very creation last year was largely responsible for four months of street protests that left some 125 people dead.
Staging a ‘coup’
Opposition politicians accused Mr. Maduro of staging a “coup” as the assembly, dominated by the President’s Chavista allies, supplanted the Opposition-controlled Parliament, leaving it impotent.
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