Venezuela’s Supreme Court cites Congress in contempt

Venezuela's Supreme Court declared the legislature in contempt for swearing in three lawmakers who were suspended over alleged electoral fraud, a case that quashed the opposition's powerful two-thirds majority.

"The leadership of the National Assembly and other lawmakers on the opposition bench have committed contempt of court," said a statement on the court's ruling.

Ignoring the high court, the opposition installed the three lawmakers last week.

They accuse the court of using baseless fraud accusations to protect President Nicolas Maduro and strip them of the super-majority they won in legislative elections in December.

Topics: Venezuela Supreme Court Legislature Congress National Assembly President Nicolas Maduro
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