Venezuela's disputed new assembly is to start rewriting the constitution despite fierce opposition at home and abroad. Critics say it will rubber-stamp President Nicolas Maduro's grip on power. Maduro lauded security forces for fighting "terrorism".
Delcy Rodriguez, foreign minister and head of Maduro's Constituent Assembly is to serve as the president's number two. Rodriguez will be the second woman ever to to hold the post.
Thousands of people are fleeing Venezuela amid food, power and medicine shortages. President Nicolas Maduro's government now wants to strengthen border controls and has raised the price for passports.
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.
The United Nations has called for a "transparent, independent investigation" into the death of jailed opposition politician Fernando Alban. The opposition has accused Caracas of making Alban's death look like a suicide.
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