The strongly worded communique, issued by the Vatican's Secretariat of State, says Pope Francis is following closely the situation in Venezuela, where President Nicolas Maduro is headed towards a showdown with the opposition, as he pushes ahead with the inauguration of his new Assembly.
"The United States considers the Venezuelan National Constituent Assembly the illegitimate product of a flawed process designed by the Maduro dictatorship to further its assault on democracy", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement, citing problems from the way the election was decreed to the design of the balloting.
Venezuela's president and election chief Wednesday denied a report that voter turnout numbers were manipulated and inflated by at least 1 million for the controversial election to choose an assembly to rewrite the national constitution.
The body's 545 delegates were expected to be installed at the legislative palace in a room just yards (meters) from the chamber where the opposition-controlled National Assembly meets. "They will never have the seat that the people of Venezuela gave us".
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On the eve of the assembly's installation, the Spanish Embassy in Caracas was attacked with gasoline bombs.
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The opposition, which boycotted the vote, said turnout was less than 4 million, and that account was reinforced by journalists' reports that dozens of polling places around Caracas were nearly deserted Sunday.
On Sunday, Maduro said one of the priorities of the Constituent Assembly would be the "restructuring" of the office of the attorney general.
Ortega Diaz filed a complaint Thursday seeking a court order to block installation of the new assembly.
The opposition contends the vote was rigged to pack the assembly with supporters of Maduro. The request, filed to a lower court in an apparent attempt to circumvent the government-stacked Supreme Court, was nearly certain to be denied.
Smartmatic has provided the technological platform for voting and services for Venezuelan elections since 2004. Smartmatic CEO Antonio Mugica said Wednesday in London that results recorded by his company's systems and those reported by the National Electoral Council show the official turnout count of 8 million was off by at least 1 million votes.
Opposition lawmakers have pledged to remain in power no matter what action is taken by the constitutional assembly, raising the possibility of two governing bodies operating side by side, with neither recognizing the other.