Venezuelan socialists look to undermine opposition's gain in congress

CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela's socialists in congress are leaving another potential booby trap for opponents set to take control of the legislature following their landslide victory.

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On Tuesday, National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello established inside the legislature what he called a "national communal Parliament" with the aim of giving grassroots communes a mechanism to make decisions and manage resources.

Cabello didn't offer details on how the body will operate. But opponents fear it could be an attempt to wrest control from the incoming opposition-controlled congress.

In another provocation to the opposition, lawmakers also swore in as Public Defender the judge who sentenced opposition activist Leopoldo Lopez to 14 years in jail.

The opposition won a two-thirds majority in Dec. 6 elections giving them a strong hand to challenge 17 years of socialist rule.



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