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Venezuela attorney general says Congress illegally formed

AP , Sunday 31 Jul 2016
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro attends the handover ceremony of the Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) in Caracas September 11, 2014. (Photo: Reuters)
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The conflict between Venezuela's socialist government and its opposition-led Congress is growing even sharper.

The country's attorney general says the National Assembly is now illegally constituted because in recent days it swore in three members who'd been ruled out by the government-friendly Supreme Court.

Attorney General Reinaldo Munoz said Saturday the congressional action threatens democracy and indicated that bills it passes would be invalid.

President Nicolas Maduro's government has largely ignored Congress in any case. And the Supreme Court has sided with the executive in every case.

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