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President Nicolas Maduro was to inaugurate the Constituent Assembly -- whose loyalist 545 members include his wife and son -- in a ceremony in a Caracas concert arena, his press office said. The body, which was elected despite months of street demonstrations and international condemnation, is tasked with rewriting the constitution of the crisis-hit South American country. It has wide powers superseding those of the opposition-controlled legislature, the National Assembly, whose palace it was to take over from Thursday, when it starts work.
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