Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro is expected to reshuffle his cabinet after declaring that the country faces a new political reality now that the opposition has taken control of congress for the first time in more than a decade.

Maduro said Tuesday night that he would announce cabinet appointments Wednesday. He says the new lineup will be able to protect the revolution in a new political era.

The socialist president asked his top ministers to resign after the party suffered a crushing loss in Dec. 6 legislative elections.

Venezuela's opposition took control of the National Assembly on Tuesday. Leaders have promised to remove Maduro from office within six months.

Maduro has juggled his cabinet several times since taking office in 2013, as the economy has deteriorated.