Venezuelan opposition in showdown with high court

Lilian Tintori (C), wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, walks with supporters inside the Congress in Caracas on January 11, 2016Venezuela headed into ever murkier political waters Monday as the Supreme Court declared the newly opposition-controlled legislature null and void and the opposition vowed to continue defying the judges. The showdown between the legislative and judicial branches escalated a notch as the court invalidated all actions taken by the current National Assembly, which includes three opposition lawmakers judges had barred from taking office over an election dispute. The decision declared the three lawmakers and the National Assembly’s leadership in contempt of court and voided the legislature’s decisions for as long as the trio hold their seats.

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