Government supporters hold photos of late President Hugo Chavez and Venezuelan independence hero Simon Bolivar.
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Venezuela sank deeper into a messy political crisis Tuesday as the opposition-controlled National Assembly suspended its session and President Nicolas Maduro's party proposed the Supreme Court take over legislative powers.Under Venezuela's constitution, Maduro must present his annual report to the National Assembly by Friday – which he may not be able to do if the legislature is not in session.The temporary legislative vacuum complicates a messy political crisis for reeling oil giant Venezuela, where the opposition won a landslide victory in legislative elections last month but is fighting what it calls a biased Supreme Court to cling to its powerful two-thirds majority.The opposition had initially vowed to press ahead with the legislative session in defiance of the Supreme Court's latest ruling.Just hours before the court ruling, MUD lawmakers had launched a legislative committee to probe alleged irregularities in the appointment of 13 judges to the 32-member Supreme Court.
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