Friday, March 31, 2017

Venezuela's high court dissolves National Assembly

This article by CNN is talking about a Supreme Court ruling in Venezuela that changed the distribution of judicial power. Venezuela is violating the constitution as the Venezuelan Supreme Court has ruled that the judicial branch will now execute all legislative power by dissolving the opposing National Assembly. The decision to have all power under the legislative body to be under Supreme Court ruling completely removes the system of checks and balances in the Venezuelan government. This ruling means that all three branches of the government will now be dominated by the United Socialist Party and influenced by current President Maduro. Venezuelan President Maduro has been given special executive power, including the ability to enact laws and to prosecute Venezuelan citizens. This ruling has been met with criticism and outcry not only in Venezuelan citizens but also in foreign governments as this ruling makes Venezuela even more of a dictatorship than it was before.

Helen Majer

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