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In power struggle, Venezuela's high court declares parliament in contempt

Venezuela’s supreme court ruled Monday that the newly installed National Assembly is in contempt of court for swearing in three ineligible legislators, and has declared any laws and other actions the body takes to be null and void.

The ruling sets the scene for a clash between the court, dominated by judges appointed by socialist President Nicolas Maduro, and the assembly, two-thirds of whose seats were won by opposition candidates in Dec. 6 elections.

The court on Dec. 30 ruled the three newly elected opposition assembly members, Julio Ygarza, Romel Guzamana and Nirma Guarulla, were ineligible because of vote-buying accusations. All three are from the southern state...