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Venezuela assembly votes to oust top prosecutor

5 years 1 month 3 weeks ago Saturday, August 05 2017 Aug 5, 2017 August 05, 2017 1:08 PM August 05, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela's newly installed constitutional assembly has voted unanimously to remove chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega and replaced her with a government loyalist.
As the vote was taking place, pro-government delegates shouted "traitor" and "justice has arrived!"
She will be replaced by Tarek William Saab, a staunch government supporter who currently serves as the nation's ombudsman.
Saturday's vote came after security forces took control of the entrance to the prosecutor's office in downtown Caracas and barred Ortega from entering.
Human rights groups and foreign governments have denounced attacks by government officials on Ortega, the nation's top law enforcement official.

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