The swearing-in of the National Electoral Council by the Supreme Court promises to deepen the bitter political divide in Venezuela, which is burdened with a shattered economy despite holding with the world’s largest oil reserves.
The Washington Post interview was Maduro's first with a major US outlet since February 2019, when he abruptly ejected all Univision journalists from Venezuela.
The move came just a week after US President Donald Trump said that he was considering a quarantine or blockade of Venezuela.
Meanwhile, Peru expelled Venezuela's ambassador to protest against Caracas for "undermining democracy" by establishing a new, all-powerful assembly.
Venezuela reacts after the US assets of six members of the newly elected constituent assembly were frozen and says Washington is "making a fool of itself in front of the world."
The armed forces said in a statement "a group of civilian criminals wearing military uniforms and a first lieutenant who had deserted" carried out the attack on a base in the city of Valencia.
Venezuelan president says the delay is necessary as 35 newly-elected members need to be declared by electoral authorities. However, pressure builds as the attorney general opens investigation into election fraud.
Embattled but determined, President Maduro prepares to proceed with his constituent assembly which can rewrite the constitution, even as the detention of popular opposition figures elicits criticism and threats of more sanctions.
Opposition leaders had called for a boycott of the vote, saying it was rigged in favour of the ruling party, and by late afternoon they were declaring the apparent low turnout to be a resounding victory.
Here's a look at Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's promises which triggered four months of deadly protests in which over 100 people have died in the ensuing violence.
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