Opposition lawmakers have lambasted moves by the new constituent assembly to oust the legislature. But the assembly's president said they're moving into the legislative palace by "complying with laws of the republic."
Earlier Tuesday, Venezuelan security forces blocked opposition lawmakers from convening the National Assembly in the federal legislative palace. Instead, the constituent assembly gathered in the palace's main chamber in an apparent affront to the legislature's legitimacy.
Delcy Rodriguez, the constituent assembly's president, said the takeover of the congressional chamber was an act "complying with norms and laws of the republic, which for the majority of Venezuelans should be something normal."
However, opposition lawmakers voiced criticism of the move, saying it marks another attempt by Maduro's government to circumvent the opposition-held legislature.
"This government invades the spaces that it is not capable of legitimately winning," said assembly majority leader and opposition lawmaker Stalin Gonzalez in a tweet.
Months of protest
Since anti-government protests erupted in April, more than 100 people have been killed and hundreds more injured or detained.