In this Jan. 15, 2017 file photo, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks with first lady Cilia Flores as they arrive at the Supreme Court before he delivered his state of the union address in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuela's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday night that it can take over responsibilities assigned to Congress. Justices pictured from left to right; Supreme Court Vice President Maikel Moreno; Supreme Court President Gladys Gutierrez; and Supreme Court Justice Indira Alfonso.
In this Jan. 15, 2017 file photo, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks with first lady Cilia Flores as they arrive at the Supreme Court before he delivered his state of the union address in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuela's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday night that it can take over responsibilities assigned to Congress. Justices pictured from left to right; Supreme Court Vice President Maikel Moreno; Supreme Court President Gladys Gutierrez; and Supreme Court Justice Indira Alfonso. Ariana Cubillos AP
In this Jan. 15, 2017 file photo, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks with first lady Cilia Flores as they arrive at the Supreme Court before he delivered his state of the union address in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuela's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday night that it can take over responsibilities assigned to Congress. Justices pictured from left to right; Supreme Court Vice President Maikel Moreno; Supreme Court President Gladys Gutierrez; and Supreme Court Justice Indira Alfonso. Ariana Cubillos AP

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