Venezuelan legislature rejects State of Exception

The opposition controlled Venezuelan Parliament said the “state of exception and economic emergency” declared by President Maduro last week to deal with the alleged threat of a coup is “unconstitutional.”

The Venezuelan Parliament – controlled by the opposition – on Tuesday said the “state of exception and economic emergency” declared by President Nicolas Maduro last week to deal with the alleged threat of a coup is “unconstitutional.”

“It’s a decree that does not adhere to the Constitution and, the saddest thing is that it fails to recognize the pain of the Venezuelan family,” said the leader of the opposition lawmakers, Julio Borges during the session.

The decree, published on Monday in the Official Gazette, allows, among other things, the president to “dictate measures and execute special public security plans that guarantee the maintenance of public order against destabilizing actions.”

Borges said that the decree is not intended to handle the insecurity, shortages and other problems affecting the country and will actually make those things worse.

He said that “the only thing that interests” Maduro is “perpetuating himself in power,” but he warned that “the Venezuelan people are going to recall him via the vote.”

National Assembly chief Henry Ramos Allup said that “this government is in a very compromised situation, very fragile and very unstable, and it needs ... a crazy idea like this one ... to try and fake that it has the strength to keep itself in power.”

He said that Maduro “is in a desperate situation” and setting aside the Constitution “by decree ... is a less-than-legal” act.

Meanwhile, Chavista lawmaker Elias Jaua accused the opposition bench of legislating without the support of the people, adding that Maduro’s decree is avoiding “civil war” that, he said, the opposition and “the empire” – a phrase used to mean the United States – are promoting.

Latin American Herald Tribune |

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