Venezuela Socialist Party official says "irregular situation" controlled

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Venezuela Socialist Party official says "irregular situation" controlled

Critics at home and overseas have condemned the so-called constituent assembly that formed on Friday and is meant to replace the popularly elected National Assembly, which opposes Maduro's increasingly authoritarian rule.

They said they were acting in response to a ruling by the government-stacked Supreme Court, which banned Ortega from leaving the country and froze her bank accounts while it weighs criminal charges against her for alleged irregularities.

"This is a civic and military action to re-establish constitutional order", Caguaripano said in the video.

Also on Saturday the new assembly loyal to the embattled Maduro fired the country's attorney general, Luisa Ortega, one of the president's most vociferous critics, sparking a firestorm of condemnation from the U.S. and Latin American nations.

Following this, Ortega Diaz denounced the decision to remove her from the position of attorney general of the republic as a violation of the constitution.

The clashes sparked just as a video showing more than a dozen men dressed in military fatigues, some carrying rifles, began circulating widely on social media.

Earlier on Sunday, an online video showed a group of men in military uniforms saying they were launching an uprising against unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro. Franco says the man identified as Ramon Rivas was slain in the central city of Valencia, less than a mile (1.6 kilometers) from the base. The statement, citing Padrino, said that those arrested included a first lieutenant who had deserted.

Vladimir Padrino Lopez alleges that the men were recruited by "right-wing extremists" with ties to unspecified foreign governments. At least seven people were detained and expected to be put before military tribunals.

The Socialist Party's deputy, Diosdado Cabello, reported a "terrorist attack", and a witness in Valencia, roughly two hours from the capital of Caracas, said she heard shooting overnight. He was declared dead at a medical clinic.

"Today's terrorist attack is no more than a propaganda show", Padrino Lopez said.

The commander of Venezuela's army says attackers who staged an apparent uprising at a military base encountered a legion of troops who remained loyal to the government.

"Various terrorists were detained", according to Mr Cabello, who said troops acted quickly to control the situation.

On Saturday the pro-government body removed the dissident chief prosecutor from her post and ordered her to stand trial, confirming opposition fears that it would use its powers to root out critics of the government.

The assembly swore in as her replacement Ombudsman Tarek William Saab, who was recently sanctioned by Washington for failing to protect protesters from abuses in his role as the nation's top human rights official.

On Saturday prominent opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was returned home to serve his sentence under house arrest, days after being hauled back to prison in the middle of the night in a move that drew worldwide condemnation. "We continue with more conviction and strength for peace and freedom in Venezuela!".