After chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega was blocked from her offices, Venezuela's Constituent Assembly voted unanimously to oust her. Meanwhile, the opposition is finding itself increasingly marginalized in what is becoming a full-blown dictatorship.
The president made the announcement during his swearing in ceremony before the Constituent Assembly. The government has jailed more than 300 people for reportedly inciting violence during anti-government protests.
President Trump has signed new economic sanctions on Venezuela, banning the purchase of debt owed to Venezuela's government or its state-owned enterprises. The order follows President Maduro's contested election victory.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was re-elected to a second six-year term. Rival candidates have rejected the electoral process and called for new elections. The vote was marked by low turnout.
About a third of voters had cast their ballots by mid-morning, according to the government. With the main opposition boycotting the vote, President Nicolas Maduro is expected to win.
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