Venezuela Congress Hands Opposition Majority After Scuffles

  • Police, national guard initially blocked entrance to congress
  • Government pushes last-minute regulations of central bank, FX

Venezuelan opposition supporters rally in front of the the National Assembly in Caracas, on Jan. 5, in support of their newly elected deputies the day of their installation. Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro ordered the security forces to ensure the swearing-in of a new opposition-dominated legislature passes off peacefully Tuesday, after calls for rallies raised fears of unrest.

Photographer: RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images

The first day of congress in a Latin American country typically would be pretty uneventful. Not in Venezuela.

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