Outgoing Venezuelan legislature names 34 new judges

The president of the National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello smiles during a session in Caracas on December 10, 2015Venezuela’s ruling socialist party used the final days of its legislative majority to name 34 new judges Wednesday to the country’s highest court, drawing outrage from the opposition. In an 11th-hour ceremony boycotted by the opposition, National Assembly speaker Diosdado Cabello swore in 13 judges and 21 substitute judges to the Supreme Court of Justice, after the ruling party voted them through in an extraordinary session. “Go and do your duty, as we’ve done ours,” said Cabello, a close ally of President Nicolas Maduro and the number two figure in the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV).

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