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Venezuela lawmakers propose legal action against Maduro

  • National Assembly President Henry Ramos Allup points at the beginning of a special session at the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. Venezuelan lawmakers gathered at a special session to debate ways to strike back after a court on Thursday killed their chances for staging a recall referendum to throw out President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    National Assembly President Henry Ramos Allup points at the beginning of a special session at the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. Venezuelan lawmakers gathered at a special session to debate ways to strike back after a court on Thursday killed their chances for staging a recall referendum to throw out President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lawmaker Julio Borges speaks as National Assembly President Henry Ramos speaks during a special session at the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. Venezuela lawmakers gathered at a special session to debate ways to strike back after a court on Thursday killed their chances for staging a recall referendum to throw out President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    Lawmaker Julio Borges speaks as National Assembly President Henry Ramos speaks during a special session at the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. Venezuela lawmakers gathered at a special session to debate ways to strike back after a court on Thursday killed their chances for staging a recall referendum to throw out President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)  (The Associated Press)

  • Women protest to demand a recall referendum against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, as they march along a main street in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. Venezuela is bracing for turbulence after the government blocked a presidential recall referendum in a move opposition leaders are calling a coup. The march was led by the wives of jailed activists. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    Women protest to demand a recall referendum against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, as they march along a main street in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. Venezuela is bracing for turbulence after the government blocked a presidential recall referendum in a move opposition leaders are calling a coup. The march was led by the wives of jailed activists. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)  (The Associated Press)

Venezuela lawmakers have gathered at a special session as pro-government militia members rally outside the capitol building.

Lawmakers are debating ways to strike back after a court on Thursday killed their chances for staging a recall referendum to throw out unpopular President Nicolas Maduro this year.

Lawmaker Julio Borges says the opposition-held congress is now in open rebellion against a government it says has no respect for the constitution.

Legislators at the Sunday session will debate a variety of measures to force a political change, including an effort to replace national elections officials and Supreme Court judges, and a move to take legal action against Maduro for what they call his disregard of constitutional order.

The ruling drew condemnation from the U.S. State Department and the Organization of American States.