Venezuela's top court drops bid to assume Congress role

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Venezuela's Supreme Court has abandoned measures to take over the opposition-led Congress' mandate after the controversial move was branded a "coup" by critics and raised pressure on President Nicolas Maduro.

The country's top court, which has consistently sided with Maduro's administration, on Saturday also rolled back its decision to lift parliamentarians' immunity from prosecution.

Al Jazeera's Alessandro Rampietti, reporting from Cucuta on the Venezuela-Colombia border, said: "Maduro was trying to cast himself as a stateman, trying to resolve a power conflict in the country, but the opposition says he was just rolling back after there were so many protests inside the country and internationally for a decision that was seen as crossing a line and changing the constitution."

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