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Venezuela's newly installed constitutional assembly has voted unanimously to remove chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega and replaced her with a government loyalist.It had suspended Venezuela temporarily in December for not complying with the bloc's regulations, and toughened its stance following the controversial election of a constituent assembly on Sunday and the arrest of several opposition leaders.The constitutional assembly was seated despite strong criticism from the United States, other countries and the Venezuelan opposition, which fear the assembly will be a tool for imposing dictatorship.In a sign of its apparent demoralized state, only a few hundred demonstrators showed up for a Friday protest against the constitutional assembly, one of the smallest turnouts in months.However, Maduro accuses his opponents of using violence and argues that the constitutional assembly is the best way to restore peace.An increasing number of foreign governments have sided with the opposition, refusing to recognize the constitutional assembly and further isolating Maduro's government.The opposition boycotted the July 30 election for the constitutional assembly, saying the rules were rigged to further entrench Maduro's "dictatorship".
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