Maduro loyalists take control of Venezuela parliament

7 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

CARACAS: A new Venezuelan parliament was sworn in on Tuesday with President Nicolas Maduro’s party in firm control and opposition leader Juan Guaido officially without a job, but with foreign backing to keep up a parallel legislature, reports AFP.

The new assembly was denounced as “a fraudulently elected body” by outgoing US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who said in a statement Washington recognized Guaido as “the legitimate president of Venezuela”.