Venezuela’s Assembly denounces President Nicolas Maduro’s coup
The president of the parliament of majority opposition, Julio Borges, said at a press conference that they will ignore the ruling of the Supreme Court of Justice that on Wednesday night nullified any role of the legislative power after declaring it in contempt.
The Venezuelan Assembly on Thursday ignored a ruling by the Supreme Court of Justice that disqualified the legislative power from any function, which the opposition considered a coup.
Deputy Julio Borges, president of the Venezuelan legislature, said that the sentence gives absolute power to the president: “It is a dictatorship,” he said. “Unlike the previous ones (sentences) it gives to Nicolas Maduro to make all the laws that he wants”.
“In the face of this coup, this National Assembly is unaware of the Supreme Court,” added the leader of the First Justice party, who insisted that the elections are the only way to get the country out of what it considered to be its worst constitutional crisis.
Borges said Maduro’s government is fractured: “It has lost legitimacy, authority, any vestige of complying with the Constitution,” he said. “The only thing left is fear” and violate the laws, added the opposition politician who said the government “is digging its own grave.”
The Supreme Court announced Wednesday night that it will assume the powers of the legislature, controlled by opponents, due to the persistence of the “defacto”, a status that the Supreme imposed last year to the National Assembly for the non-compliance of several Sentences.
“As long as the disrespect and invalidity of the proceedings of the National Assembly persist, this Constitutional Chamber shall ensure that the parliamentary powers are exercised directly by this Chamber or by the body it has in place to ensure the rule of law,” established The sentence of said room.
The South American country has been going through months of deep economic and political crisis attributed to the administrative mismanagement of the government. The fall in oil prices in the last two years, coupled with a restrictive economic policy, has led Venezuela to experience unprecedented levels of commodity shortages in recent history.
This situation is compounded by high crime rates and a virtual paralysis of commercial activity, which depends on dollars to import.
One of the most serious consequences of this situation is the widespread shortage of food and medicines. This led the government to request humanitarian aid to the United Nations for the first time in decades.
This week, 20 countries of the 34 active members of the Organization of American States, OAS, issued a joint statement in which they commit to a road map “in the shortest possible time” to “support the functioning of democracy and Respect for the rule of law “in Venezuela.
The Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, also asked the body’s Permanent Council to sanction Venezuela if it does not hold a general election soon.