The move raises the spectre of the development of a parallel state. The top court has warned that the naming of the alternate judges is illegal.
The majority-backed opposition want Venezuelans to close businesses, halt transport and barricade streets as part of a civil disobedience campaign.
Record high numbers turned out to participate in a historic dry run vote for the constituent assembly, aimed at easing tensions and creating a more representative constitution.
Luisa Ortega has said she is expecting to be fired after alleging human rights abuses and erosion of democracy under the country’s leftist president.
At least 79 people – including passers-by and security forces – have died in the daily exercises of democratic participation that began in April.
The death of Luis Alviarez, 18, brought the death toll in six weeks of protest to at least 39.
Dubbed the “Shit March”, thousands of opposition supporters again poured onto the streets decrying Venezuela’s economic crisis and demanding elections.
Maduro wants to create a new popular assembly with the power to re-write the constitution, which is being seen as a way to stifle anti-government protests.
The crisis-ridden Venezuela is one of the world’s most violent countries and it also has a notoriously overcrowded and violent jail system.
The wave of protests since early April against socialist President Nicolas Maduro have sparked Venezuela’s worst violence since 2014.
The announcement came after the OAS agreed on Wednesday to hold a meeting of foreign ministers to discuss the situation in Venezuela.
Twelve people have been killed in a renewed wave of demonstrations this month in incidents primarily involving security forces or armed civilians.
Opposition leaders have promised to keep up their protests, demanding the government call regional elections that have been delayed since last year, free almost 100 jailed opposition activists and respect the autonomy of the opposition-led Congress.
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A renewed wave of protests was sparked by a Supreme Court move to assume the powers of the opposition-led Congress and by barring Henrique Capriles from public office
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The demonstrations were sparked by the Supreme Court’s attempt to take control of Venezuela’s opposition-led congress last week.
Protests also were staged in other cities and more are planned across the country for April 6.
Lenin Moreno secured 51.1% of the votes compared to Guillermo Lasso’s 48.9%, with just over 95% of votes counted, according to the electoral council, which is yet to declare a winner.
Polls show Moreno has pulled ahead of Lasso in the last weeks. He had 52.4% of valid votes versus Lasso’s 47.6% in a 18-21 March survey.
Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Guatemala and Panama expressed strong concerns while Peru withdrew its envoy terming it a rupture of democracy.
Last week, 14 nations urged elections and freedom of jailed opponents of President Maduro’s socialist government, turning up the pressure on him.
Triple digit inflation and a decaying socialist economic model have left medications ranging from simple anti-inflammatory drugs to chemotherapy medication out of reach for most Venezuelans.
The network had irked the socialist government with various reports, including one alleging passports and visas were being sold illegally at Venezuela’s embassy in Iraq.
Opponents of the unpopular Socialist leader say his administration should be focused on stocking empty supermarkets and pharmacies amid brutal shortages.
Naming a new Vice-President, Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro announced a few changes in other key positions in his cabinet as well.
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Roughly one person is lynched every three days in crisis-hit Venezuela as frustrated residents take revenge on suspected criminals.
President Maduro suspended the elimination of the country’s largest denomination bill, which had sparked cash shortages and nationwide unrest.
Venezuelan government officials failed to attend meetings, throwing cold water on Vatican-brokered attempts to bridge the country’s deep political crisis.
Enraged by last week’s suspension of their push for a referendum to remove Maduro, thousands turned out in protest against him.
The opposition has accused Maduro of veering into dictatorship by sidelining the legislature, detaining opponents and blocking a plebiscite.
Opposition leaders were caught off guard by the announcement of talks by coalition head Jesus Torrealba and plan to hold a street protest on Wednesday.
The suspension of the recall vote by Venezuela’s electoral authority sparked an outcry from the opposition who accused the Socialist government of dictatorial tactics.
Opinion polls show the socialists would currently fare badly in any election, and government sources have said they are hoping for an oil price recovery to help them.
Venezuela’s UN representative Rafael Ramirez called Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s comments on Venezuela’s crisis “a gratuitous attack.”
Only around a dozen heads of state from the 120-nation Non-Aligned Movement made it to the meeting, in a blow for a government keen to bolster its international legitimacy.
Heads of state from the 120-nation Cold War-era bloc have been invited for the summit, though only the leaders of Zimbabwe, Iran, Cuba, Bolivia and Ecuador are currently thought to be coming.
The opposition Democratic Unity coalition estimated at least 1 million people took part in the protest.
Leftist Latin American governments such as Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia recalled their ambassadors to protest what they called a “coup” and Brasilia responded in kind.