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An opposition member waves a Venezuelan flag during a protest against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, March 30, 2017. Venezuela's Supreme Court ruled it can take over the powers of congress in what opponents of President Maduro as well as foreign governments denounced as the latest step toward installing a dictatorship in this South American nation. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Venezuela's Supreme Court reversed a ruling to strip congress of its legislative power


UPDATE APRIL 1, 2017, 11:01AM:  Venezuela's Supreme Court has reversed its move to strip congress of its legislative powers, adding to the country's new round of political turbulence.

The court on Saturday released new rulings that appeared to reinstate congress' authority one day after the country's chief prosecutor broke with the government.

The move had drawn widespread criticism at home and abroad. Critics argued it would weaken the South American country's democracy.

President Nicolas Maduro asked the Supreme Court to review a ruling nullifying the lawmaking body after that decision set off a storm of criticism from the opposition and foreign governments.

ORIGINAL STORY:  People are demonstrating in Venezuela after the country's Supreme Court took over legislative duties from the National Assembly, a move that some critics say pushes the country closer to autocratic rule underneath President Nicolas Maduro, reports the BBC

The transfer of power effectively renders the elected legislative body useless, a body that had been dominated by the president's political opponents. 

The Organization of American States (OAS) called the power grab the "final blow to democracy in the country." 

The blow has led Venezuelan citizens to take to the streets to express their dissatisfaction with the government's conduct, and has also elicited strong reactions from the international community.

The U.S. State Department referred to the development as "a serious setback for democracy."  

Some on Twitter are calling for international action on the unrest in the country.

Many online are marking March 31 as the death of Venezuelan democracy. 

Venezuela's Supreme Court reversed a ruling to strip congress of its legislative power

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