National Assembly employees remove from the building pictures of late President Hugo Chavez, in Caracas on January 6, 2016. AFP PHOTO/RONALDO SCHEMIDT
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The new opposition-dominated congress Wednesday swore in three lawmakers barred by the Supreme Court from taking their seats, setting up a confrontation with the ruling socialists in this oil-exporting nation mired in deep economic troubles.The three had not been seated Tuesday when the opposition took control of the National Assembly for the first time in 17 years but congressional leaders swore them in Wednesday as the body's first act of official business.The move enraged the opposition, which called it an attempt by judges loyal to President Nicholas Maduro to undermine the opposition's landslide victory in legislative elections last month.Besides swearing-in the suspended lawmakers, opposition leaders in congress Wednesday also angered Maduro's supporters by ordering that portraits of Chavez be removed from the National Assembly building.
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