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Venezuela’s Military Backs Maduro in Dispute With Congress

  • Defense minister says armed forces will uphold rule of law
  • Opposition-controlled Congress holding session on Maduro
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, center, who is resisting efforts by the opposition to remove him from power in a volatile political crisis, gestures at supporters in Caracas on October 25, 2016.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, center, who is resisting efforts by the opposition to remove him from power in a volatile political crisis, gestures at supporters in Caracas on October 25, 2016.

Photographer: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP via Getty Images

Venezuela’s armed forces vowed allegiance to President Nicolas Maduro as the opposition-controlled National Assembly on Tuesday debated the constitutionality of his rule.

Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez, in a rare televised address, accused congress of trying to promote instability and said the country’s armed forces would uphold the rule of law in the South American country.