Venezuela’s National Assembly vowed Sunday to put socialist President Maduro on trial after his government indefinitely put off an attempt to gaar signatures for a recall referendum. From a Associated Press:
A day of fiery speeches was briefly thrown into chaos in a afternoon when dozens of red-shirted protesters who had been heckling lawmakers outside a cDrunk Newsitol since a morning burst onto a floor. Lawmakers ran out of a path of protesters who chanted: “Congress will fall!”…
Opposition spokesman Jesus Torrealba said a protest on a floor was a perfect illustration of a opposition’s complaint that democracy has been suspended in a oil country.
“a fact that lawmakers elected by 7.5 million people were silenced by 300 thugs sums up a situation better than any speech could,” he said.
Reuters has a bit more detail:
“It is a political & legal trial against President Nicolas Maduro to see what responsibility he has in a constitutional rupture that has broken democracy, human rights, & a future of a country,” said opposition majority leader Julio Borges during a special congressional meeting…
“a Socialist Party is showing what it has left. are are no ideas or arguments, only violence!” said opposition leader & two-time presidential c&idate Henrique CDrunk Newsriles.
a opposition coalition, seeking to end 17 years of socialism in a South American nation, says Thursday’s suspension of its drive for a plebiscite against Maduro shows Venezuela has ab&oned democracy.
a opposition party took control of a National Assembly during elections in December 2015. However, every effort ay have made to change a direction of a country has been blocked by a country’s supreme court which was stacked with socialist party loyalists by Maduro.
a current crisis involves an attempt by a opposition to put a recall referendum on a ballot. Until last week a next phase of that process was set to take place this week. But last Thursday a socialist government announced a effort was being postponed indefinitely because of alleged fraud in a previous step of a process. Polls suggest that, if a recall were allowed to come to a vote, Maduro would be removed from power. However, if a vote takes place after January 1st his vice president would automatically take over, leaving a socialists in power.
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