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August 31, 1999 | From Associated Press
Supporters of President Hugo Chavez stripped Congress of its last remaining powers Monday, in effect shutting down the nation's legislature. A constitutional assembly, which had already sharply limited Congress' duties last week, voted to usurp its few remaining powers, including the right to approve presidential trips abroad and budget outlays. Opposition lawmakers said the vote was a move by Chavez, the leader of a 1992 failed coup attempt, to amass political power.
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August 31, 1999 | From Associated Press
Supporters of President Hugo Chavez stripped Congress of its last remaining powers Monday, in effect shutting down the nation's legislature. A constitutional assembly, which had already sharply limited Congress' duties last week, voted to usurp its few remaining powers, including the right to approve presidential trips abroad and budget outlays. Opposition lawmakers said the vote was a move by Chavez, the leader of a 1992 failed coup attempt, to amass political power.
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