Venezuela's military: Key things to know

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They said they were acting in response to a ruling by the government-stacked Supreme Court, which banned Ortega from leaving the country and froze her bank accounts while it weighs criminal charges against her for alleged irregularities.

His toll revised a previous count by army chief General Jesus Suarez Chourio who said one died and one was gravely wounded in the attack on the base in the northwestern city of Valencia, which the military said was quickly put down.

Lopez had been arrested along with another opposition leader, Antonio Ledezma - who was released back to home detention Friday, August 4 - in the aftermath of the highly contested vote to create the assembly.

The announcement came after a small group of men dressed in military fatigues, some armed with assault rifles, released a video declaring themselves in rebellion against President Nicolás Maduro in Carabobo state, where Valencia is located.

Of the video calling for an uprising, NPR's Philip Reeves reports, "the footage shows a man identifying himself as a captain demanding a transitional government and the restoration of constitutional order".

Speaking on television, Maduro said that of the 10 men who didn't get away, just one was a military officer and he had deserted a few months ago.

"We are in the face of a grave and unprecedented action that could constitute a crime", Ortega said in a statement published by her office.

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It intends to begin the process in the autumn, although inflation remains low at 1.3%, well under the 2% target for the eurozone. Among the clearest signs of a rebound has been the euro's pick-up to around $1.17, from $1.05 at the start of the year.

The powerful military in riot-torn Venezuela has sworn "unconditional loyalty" to the leftist government of embattled President Nicolas Maduro.

But the base remained under control of government troops.

At the same time, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Brazil announced Venezuela's indefinite suspension from the South American trading bloc Mercosur for its "rupture of the democratic order". Padrino is a sort of "superminister", to whom other cabinet members must report, Maduro said past year.

"These attacks, planned by delirious minds in Miami, only strengthen the morale of our armed forces and the Bolivarian people", said Socialist Party official Elias Jaua.
In 2014, while a member of the national guard, Caguaripano denounced President Nicolas Maduro before going into exile.

He later reportedly sought exile after a military tribunal ordered his arrest, appearing in an interview on CNN en Espanol to draw attention to dissatisfaction within the ranks over Venezuela's demise.

Earlier in the week two high-profile opposition leaders were imprisoned after being dragged from their homes in the middle of the night.

The socialist president of venezuela, Nicolas Maduro was a major blow to his opponents: just installed, the Constituent that he has endowed it with unlimited powers, has sacked an opponent of the toughest, the attorney general Luisa Ortega, the risk to aggravate further the tensions with the worldwide community.

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