January 6, 2020 / 3:00 PM / 21 days ago

Russia says election of new parliament leader in Venezuela was democratic

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday the election of a new parliament leader in Venezuela was a result of a democratic procedure.

Venezuela’s socialist government installed a new head of Congress on Sunday after armed troops blocked opposition legislators from entering parliament, in a move condemned by dozens of nations as an assault on democracy.

“We consider the election of the new leadership of parliament to be the result of a legitimate democratic procedure conducive to the return of the Venezuelan political struggle to the constitutional field,” the Russian ministry said.

Reporting by Andrey Kuzmin; Editing by Alison Williams

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