Venezuela pro-govt assembly seizes legislative powers

Venezuela pro-govt assembly seizes legislative powers”

On August 11th, the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela submitted a draft law to the National Constituent Assembly against political violence, which establishes sentences between 15 and 25 years of prison.

The protests had just started when the supreme Court, an institution which is deemed close to the president, was arrogée the end of march the Parliament's powers before making u-turn 48 hours later to face the outcry in the country and overseas.

The assembly unanimously passed a decree Friday enabling it "to legislate on matters directly aimed at ensuring the preservation of peace, security, sovereignty, the socioeconomic financial system, the purposes of state and the preeminence of Venezuela's human rights".

Speaking at a session of the constitutional assembly Friday at the Federal Palace, Rodriguez reiterated that the new assembly's task is to "restore order". "We will get images of each one of them to make sure they pay for having killed, for having hurt people and left orphans behind", he said to a standing ovation by the Socialist Party-dominated assembly.

"We will not permit any more diverting of power" by the opposition, said the assembly's president, Maduro's former foreign minister Delcy Rodriguez. "The constituent [assembly] is here to bring order".

The global community, however, has pointed at the Maduro government, not opposition demonstrators, when assigning blame for deaths.

However, she denied the ANC was dissolving the parliament, saying that this move marked a "cohabitation".

"Those lazy bums have to work".

However, Maduro set out to ignore, disregard and curtail the National Assembly through the actions of the Supreme Court and the CNE electoral board, in spite of the fact that the Assembly had been elected with the votes of 14 million Venezuelans, the most voters of any recent election in the oil-rich country.

Ortega was sacked by a new all-powerful assembly that has overtaken the opposition-controlled National Assembly and is packed with Maduro loyalists.

"Beyond just rewriting the constitution, it is turning itself into the de facto legislative body", said Diego Moya-Ocampos, a Venezuelan analyst with consultancy IHS Markit. "It was a space which the government was looking to finally take control", commented to AFP Diego Moya-Ocampos, an analyst for the british consultancy IHS. Government critics say the commission is created to sideline the opposition and bolster the ruling party's flagging support ahead of the October vote.

On the heels of that statement, Trump's Vice President Mike Pence embarked on a four-nation tour of Latin America to drum up support for a more aggressive push against Maduro and his administration, Global Times reported.

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