Venezuelan attorney general again defies leftist president

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CARACAS: Tension rose another notch in Venezuela Thursday, where the country’s attorney general sharply defied President Nicolas Maduro one day after a mob stormed the National Assembly and attacked opposition legislators. Riots were reported in different parts of Caracas overnight, hours after Katherine Haringhton—recently named deputy attorney general and seen as Attorney General Luisa Ortega’s replacement if the court fires her—showed up unexpectedly at the AG’s headquarters. Ortega denied her entry. The Supreme Court designated Haringhton to the post, a move that is “unconstitutional, illegal and illegitimate” because only the National Assembly can name people to such positions, Ortega said in a statement. Ortega, 59, the most senior figure to defy Maduro, has accused the pro-government Supreme Court of undermining democracy through a short-lived ruling that seized power from the opposition-led legislature.

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