Venezuelan Assembly Installs Contested Members. Venezuela’s newly installed parliament swore in three opposition lawmakers despite a Supreme Court order arising from an appeal of election results, giving President Nicolás Maduro’s rivals dominant control of the legislature.
National Assembly President Henry Ramos Allup read the oath of office to three deputies from the remote Venezuelan state of Amazonas during the legislature’s first official session after the bulk of its members were sworn in on Tuesday.
Mr. Ramos acted in the face of a recent court ruling saying the lawmakers couldn’t be seated until a review of last month’s electoral results, which were challenged by the ruling United Socialist Party.
Meanwhile, Maduro appointed a new cabinet and a new VP
Mr. Maduro appointed a longtime Socialist ally, Aristóbulo Istúriz, governor of the oil-rich state of Anzoátegui, as his new vice president. Mr. Istúriz, the first Afro-Caribbean to reach such a post in Venezuela, replaces Jorge Arreaza, a son-in-law of Mr. Chavez,who is moving to the Education Ministry.
Priceless: WSJ cover: Out with the old, in with new in Venezuela https://t.co/poOUkuxR2q
— Miguel Octavio (@moctavio) January 7, 2016
He’s talking about this,