Hugo Chavez

Venezuela power struggle intensifies in Supreme Court battle

The opposition-controlled congress named a slate of new judges Friday replace the government-stacked Supreme Court, which wasted no time in rejecting the move as an ongoing power struggle heats up between President Nicolas Maduro and his foes.

Emboldened by a 24-hour national strike that paralyzed much of the country the previous day, the National Assembly named the 33 magistrates to replace the entire Supreme Court, which Maduro opponents argue does his bidding and continually violates the constitution. Many of the current court's justices were hastily appointed shortly before the ruling party lost its majority in congress.

"Today our justice system has been...