Venezuela’s attorney general is ousted by new assembly and replaced with a Maduro loyalist

From the Los Angeles TimesIn a unanimous vote, Venezuela’s newly installed constitutional assembly fired Atty. Gen. Luisa Ortega Diaz during its first official session on Saturday.

Ortega has criticized President Nicolas Maduro in recent weeks for calling the assembly, which she said was illegal.

In a letter to assembly president Delcy Rodriguez after the 545-0 vote, Venezuela’s Supreme Court said it also has disqualified Ortega from holding any public office for an indefinite period and prohibited her from leaving the country, opening the way to her prosecution on charges of unspecified “crimes.”

Ortega will be replaced as attorney general by Tarek William Saab, a Maduro loyalist, said assembly vice president Diosdado Cabello to reporters outside the Federal Palace where the vote took place. During the vote, some members shouted “traitor” and “justice” in reference to Ortega.

“I propose that Luisa Ortega Diaz be removed from her duties, not suspended,” Cabello said during the session prior to the vote. …



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