Venezuela’s Supreme Court Usurps the National Assembly’s Legislative Powers

Washington

In response to the Venezuelan Supreme Court’s announcement that it will assume the constitutional powers of the National Assembly, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“The Venezuelan Constitutional Court’s move to usurp that National Assembly’s constitutional role further dismantles rule of law in Venezuela,” said Carlos Ponce, director for Latin America programs. “The judgment eliminates the façade of separation of powers and cements the Maduro dictatorship.”   

Background:

On March 29, the Supreme Court declared the National Assembly in contempt of court for swearing in three lawmakers who had been suspended by the court over alleged electoral fraud. Citing the legislature’s contempt, the Supreme Court granted itself the National Assembly’s “parliamentary capacities” until conflict over the legislators is resolved.

Venezuela is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2017, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2016, and Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2016.

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