But with the European Union and other nations also condemning the Constituent Assembly, Maduro is fighting against a broad tide, even if he has support of Russian Federation, which holds billions in Venezuelan debt, as well as Cuba, Bolivia and Nicaragua.
Embattled Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was returned to house arrest after spending four days in military prison, his wife Lilian Tintori revealed on Twitter. The loss of its backing would spell the end of Maduro.
Although brushed off by Maduro as part of a plot by "the global enemy", that gave grounds for Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega - a thorn in Maduro's side - to order an investigation.
About 40% of the Venezuelan asylum applicants have received approval, making them eligible for other protections and benefits including the possibility of obtaining a work visa, while the rest are still being processed.
Russian Federation has supplied Venezuela with rifles, anti-tank rocket launchers, tanks and other combat vehicles, artillery, anti-air defence systems and combat planes, helicopters and missiles, according to the NGO Control Ciudadano, which monitors military activity.
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Seven people have been captured, according to Remigio Ceballos, a commanding chief of the armed forces.
The commander of Venezuela's army says attackers who staged an apparent uprising at a military base encountered a legion of troops who remained loyal to the government.
They have allowed the plundering of the state's extraordinary oil and mineral wealth, partly by the army generals who keep Maduro in power, while blaming "Yankee imperialism" for shortages of medicine and food as well...
Backing opposition allegations of fraud, Smartmatic, a British-based company involved in the vote technology behind the election last Sunday, said the official turnout figure had been tampered with and exaggerated by at least a million voters.
"Who is going to put them back?"
Addressing this issue, Rodriguez said if the opposition "does not follow a democratic path, justice will be imposed, the ANC is also here to see justice done".
The latter performs functions similar to Petroleos de Venezuela, or PDVSA. the state-owned petroleum company.