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Venezuela reverses decision to remove National Assembly's power

By Daniel Uria
Venezuela's Supreme Tribunal of Justice announced it had reversed its decision to strip legislative power from the country's National Assembly on Saturday. 
 EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ
Venezuela's Supreme Tribunal of Justice announced it had reversed its decision to strip legislative power from the country's National Assembly on Saturday. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ

April 1 (UPI) -- Venezuela's Supreme Court announced it will return legislative power to the National Assembly on Saturday.

The Supreme Tribunal of Justice said it had removed certain parts of a judgment that took over the National Assembly's legislative power after government leaders urged it to review the decision and citizens staged daily protests.

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The court issued a 20,000-word ruling on Wednesday stating the TSJ or an agency it chose would assume the National Assembly's duties.

On Friday, Venezuela's chief prosecutor, Luisa Ortega, expressed "great concern" about the measure, which she said violated the constitution.

Vice-President Tareck El Aissami also pleaded with the Supreme Court to examine the decision which was viewed by some as a "coup."

"We urge the supreme court to review the decisions... in order to maintain institutional stability and the balance of powers," El Aissami said.

President Nicolas Maduro promised dialogue to end the issue and appeared on national television Saturday to announce an agreement had been reached.

"We've reached an important agreement to solve this controversy," he said.

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