Venezuela’s Parliament stripped legal rights
The Supreme court of Venezuela has assumed legislative rights, depriving them of a local Parliament — the National Assembly, the majority of which belongs to the opposition. Critics have called the action of the Supreme court coup and started talking about the establishment of a dictatorship in the country.
Yesterday, the Supreme court of Venezuela has deprived the National Assembly legislative rights. Legislative law went to the Supreme court that support President Nicolas Maduro. Judges of the Supreme court of Venezuela are appointed by the National Assembly for 12 years, so most of the current judges were appointed by the previous composition of the Parliament, then dominated by Pro-government deputies. Many have called this action a coup d’etat, including the President of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Julio Borges.
It is a dictatorship, and a revolution. The world must help us and raise the alarm. The national Assembly does not recognize the Supreme court, because we were elected to 14 million Venezuelans. The Supreme court chose himself, his actions are contrary to the Constitution.Julio Morespecial of the National Assembly of Venezuela
The opposition also said that they are going to appeal to international organizations. The US state Department has said that the Supreme court’s decision “does enormous damage to democratic institutions in Venezuela and denies the Venezuelan people the right to determine the future of their country through their elected representatives”. Condemned the action of the Venezuelan authorities in other Latin American countries. The Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Luis Almagro said that the Venezuelan government illegally appropriated the powers of the Parliament. Peru and Chile has already taken the decision to recall their ambassadors from Venezuela.
The majority of the National Assembly is in opposition to Maduro. The opposition gained a majority in Parliament in 2015, after that, the authorities have repeatedly accused the opposition of vote rigging. The Supreme court has repeatedly overturned the decision adopted by Parliament. Last week the court denied parliamentarians ‘ parliamentary immunity, making possible criminal prosecution.
“It (depriving the National Assembly legislative rights.— “B”) will not only be the reason for the rise in alert level in the region, but also will lead to increased resistance, in such a situation, countries will be very difficult to maintain neutrality. The government stimulates, it not only did nothing to go the way of the dialogue, it encroached on the rights,” said political analyst Carlos Romero from the Central University of Venezuela. According to Peter Schechter, Vice President of the center for Latin America Adrienne Arsht at the Atlantic Council, depriving the National Assembly of legal rights demonstrates that “the political system of the country is crumbling, and fast.” “If it’s any doubts, now they can not be: Venezuela is a dictatorship,” said Mr. Schechter.
March 16, the Venezuelan government for the sixth time extended the emergency decree on economic conditions, released in January 2016. Over the past few years the economic situation in the country deteriorated sharply. It increasingly annoys Venezuelans are faced with shortages of food and medicines, rising crime, and frequent power outages, inflation. Inflation in Venezuela more than 700%. According to the world Bank, in 2013 the country’s GDP fell by 20%.