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Venezuela attorney general says Congress illegally formed

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2016, file photo, lawmakers vote on the daily agenda during the first National Assembly session in Caracas, Venezuela. The country’s attorney general said Saturday, July 30, that the National Assembly is now illegally constituted because in recent days it swore in three members who’d been ruled out by the government-friendly Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2016, file photo, lawmakers vote on the daily agenda during the first National Assembly session in Caracas, Venezuela. The country’s attorney general said Saturday, July 30, that the National Assembly is now illegally constituted because in recent days it swore in three members who’d been ruled out by the government-friendly Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)  (The Associated Press)

The conflict between Venezuela's socialist government and its opposition-led Congress is growing even sharper.

The country's attorney general says the National Assembly is now illegally constituted because in recent days it swore in three members who'd been ruled out by the government-friendly Supreme Court.

Attorney General Reinaldo Munoz said Saturday the congressional action threatens democracy and indicated that bills it passes would be invalid.

President Nicolas Maduro's government has largely ignored Congress in any case. And the Supreme Court has sided with the executive in every case.