CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's outgoing congress has promoted a judge who drew international criticism by handing down a long prison term to opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.
Lawmakers from the ruling socialist party on Thursday named Judge Susana Barreiros as head public defender.
Opposition leaders are taking the move as an affront, saying the appointment shows how little respect the ruling party has for human rights and international opinion.
In September, Barreiros gave Lopez the maximum possible sentence of 14 years in prison for his role bloody anti-government street protests in 2014.
The appointment was part of what promises to be a string of actions aimed at consolidating power before the socialists hand over the legislature to the opposition.
Lawmakers also gave workers control of the National Assembly television station.