"Several minutes ago, Antonio was unexpectedly returned by the Sebin (intelligence agency) to our home", wrote Mitzy Capriles de Ledezma. "They will never have the seat that the people of Venezuela gave us".
Venezuela's new Foreign Minister, Jorge Arreaza, told teleSUR that he hoped the countries which have been attacking Venezuela will recognize that the ANC is an opportunity for peace. That came after a major technology firm in Britain said there was a significant discrepancy between the official turnout figure reported by the government and results recorded by the company's systems.
Maduro had threatened the new assembly, tasked with rewriting the constitution, would not only get rid of Ortega, but also target opposition lawmakers who control the democratically elected parliament.
It was seated despite strong criticism from the United States, other countries and the Venezuelan opposition, which fear the assembly will be a tool for imposing dictatorship.
There has been speculation it's possible that Fitzpatrick's comments were a veiled message for opposition spokespeople such as Freddy Guevara, a legislator for Lopez's Popular Will party in the National Assembly.
Former Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez was elected unopposed to be the head of the Constituent Assembly, with former Minister Aristobulo Isturiz selected as First Vice President and former Attorney General Isaias Rodriguez elected as Second Vice President. "National Guard officers. They won't let anyone in or out", Ortega's office said on Twitter.
The assembly is scheduled to meet again Saturday, and Rodriguez pledged it would be taking action against Maduro's political opponents.
Gas Explosion Collapses School Building, Injures 5: 'Has to Be an Earthquake'
The blast hit the Minnehaha Academy School on the 3100 block of West River Parkway, the fire department said on Twitter . The explosion affected only the upper school; the lower and middle school campus is about a mile and a half away.
Following the new assembly vote، the European Union censured Venezuela for the "excessive and disproportionate use of force by security forces،" and called on both sides to refrain from violence. At least 120 Venezuelan deaths are linked to the four months of protests against Maduro and his socialist take over of the oil-rich country facing food and medicine shortages.
The Vatican statement called for a negotiated solution following the same guidelines the Vatican set out previous year when it brokered talks between the government and the opposition which later broke down.
At the beginning of the week, Guevara proposed that the opposition-held National Assembly should declare itself the legitimate government of Venezuela and dismiss and replace the current leaders of the country's National Electoral Council.
"There has been a gradual erosion of democratic practice and this is a significant line that has been crossed", said Michael Shifter, president of the Washington-based think tank Inter-American Dialogue.
The decision will make it harder for the country to return to good standing since the new suspension can only be lifted when the bloc is satisfied that Venezuela has restored democratic order. The US Treasury Department later froze Maduro's US assets and called him a "dictator" for pushing ahead with the election.
Many in the worldwide community have rejected the assembly, including the Vatican and the European Union.