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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Venezuela Crisis

CARACAS, Venezuela -- The constitutional assembly Thursday declared Venezuela's courts, Congress and other institutions in a state of emergency - a move aimed at overhauling corruption-riddled public powers.

Critics called it an attempt to help President Hugo Chavez impose authoritarian rule by concentrating power in the hands of the assembly, which is controlled by Chavez supporters.

The state of emergency will allow the assembly to intervene in public institutions by, for instance, quickly replacing judges that an assembly panel deems corrupt.