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Maduro bypasses Venezuelan legislature on budget

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the National Assembly have been at each other's throats since the center-right opposition took control of the legislature in January, ending the left's 17-year monopoly on powerVenezuelan President Nicolas Maduro can pass his 2017 budget without the approval of the opposition-majority legislature, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, triggering an outcry from the leftist leader’s opponents. Maduro and the National Assembly have been at each other’s throats since the center-right opposition took control of the legislature in January, ending the left’s 17-year monopoly on power. Lawmakers accuse the president of stacking the Supreme Court with allies in the dying hours of the previous legislative session, then using the court to hamstring the new National Assembly.

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