Cries of “traitor” erupted as the 545 pro-government delegates voted unanimously to remove Luisa Ortega from her post as the nation's top law official and replace her with a staunch government supporter.
Ms Ortega had become Mr Maduro's main challenger from within the ruling socialist movement since the opposition started a round of protests in April.
Ms Ortega, a longtime government supporter who broke with the socialist government in April, refused to recognise the decision and vowed to continue defending the rights of Venezuelans from Mr Maduro's “coup” against the constitution “with my last breath”.
“This is just a tiny example of what's coming for everyone that dares to oppose this totalitarian form of government,” Ms Ortega said in the statement she signed as chief prosecutor.
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Venezuela’s president has just stripped the country’s parliament of its power as the political crisis worsens.
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The actual stripping was carried out by a new pro-government ‘superbody’ called the national constituent assembly, which has been denounced by both regional powers and the US.
Although Venezuela’s opposition-held parliament was effectively neutered after the 2015 election, this extra move shows President Nicolas Maduro’s plans to use the body to pursue its own political agenda.
Opposition leaders called the move a further blow against democracy, adding that they would defy the order and would continue to meet anyway.
‘The international community should know that in Venezuela the Maduro regime is carrying out a coup against the state itself,’ opposition leader Henrique Capriles said on Twitter.
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