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Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro votes in Fuerte Tiuna in Caracas, on Sunday. Photo: Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro claimed on Monday his political alliance had achieved "a great victory" in a congressional election boycotted by key parties and dismissed as a "sham" by the U.S. and its allies, per AP.

Why it matters: It means he's regained control of the National Assembly. Juan Guaidó is recognized by over 50 countries as Venezuela’s interim president, but it was his role as assembly president that put him in the line of succession, Axios' Dave Lawler notes. That mandate is due to expire Jan. 5.

  • Opposition leaders including Guaidó boycotted Sunday's election on the grounds that it would be neither free nor fair.

Of note: Election commission head Indira Alfonzo said just 31% of Venezuela's 20 million registered voters took part in the election, the BBC reports.

What to watch: Guaidó has planned to hold a days-long referendum straight after the election, asking Venezuelans if they want to hold fresh presidential elections, AP notes.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Trump's election misinformation casts shadow over Georgia Senate debate

Combination images of Georgia Democratic candidate the Rev. Raphael Warnock and Sen. Kelly Loeffler. Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) refused to say during her Georgia Senate runoff debate with Democrat the Rev. Raphael Warnock Sunday whether she agrees with President Trump's baseless claims that the presidential election was rigged.

Why it matters: Some Republicans are concerned that Trump's claims may hurt the party ahead of the two Jan. 5 Senate elections runoffs in Georgia that will decide which party will hold the Senate majority.

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Trump impeachment trial to start week of Feb. 8, Schumer says

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: The Washington Post via Getty

The Senate will begin former President Trump's impeachment trial the week of Feb. 8, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday on the Senate floor.

The state of play: Schumer announced the schedule after reaching an agreement with Republicans. The House will transmit the article of impeachment against the former president late Monday.