Law­mak­ers pro­pose le­gal ac­tion against Maduro

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

CARA­CAS, (AP) : GOVERNMENT SUP­PORT­ERS on Sun­day in­ter­rupted a spe­cial con­gres­sional ses­sion where law­mak­ers were dis­cussing bring­ing le­gal charges against Pres­i­dent Ni­colás Maduro.

Dozens of red-shirted protesters who had chanted out­side the capi­tol since the morn­ing burst into the build­ing in the af­ter­noon. Law­mak­ers ran out of the path of the protesters, who marched on to the floor chant­ing in sup­port of the so­cial­ist government.

Op­po­si­tion law­mak­ers had been de­bat­ing ways to strike back af­ter a court on Thurs­day killed their chances for stag­ing a re­call ref­er­en­dum to throw out the un­pop­u­lar pres­i­dent this year.

Law­maker Julio Borges says the op­po­si­tion-held congress is now in open re­bel­lion against a government it says has no re­spect for the con­sti­tu­tion.

Leg­is­la­tors at the Sun­day ses­sion were to de­bate a va­ri­ety of mea­sures to force a po­lit­i­cal change, in­clud­ing an ef­fort to re­place na­tional elec­tions of­fi­cials and Supreme Court judges, and a move to take le­gal ac­tion against Maduro for what they call his dis­re­gard of con­sti­tu­tional or­der. Maduro

It was not im­me­di­ately clear how the protesters en­tered the heav­ily guarded build­ing.

So­cial­ist party leader Jorge Ro­driguez called on the protesters to leave, and they be­gan to file out af­ter a few min­utes. The spe­cial ses­sion was sus­pended briefly and re­sumed af­ter or­der was re-es­tab­lished.

A de­ci­sion to take le­gal ac­tion against Maduro would throw the coun­try fur­ther into a con­sti­tu­tional cri­sis and would prob­a­bly not pre­vail be­cause the ad­min­is­tra­tion con­trols the courts and other ma­jor institutions.

Last week’s rul­ing sus­pend­ing the re­call vote drew con­dem­na­tion from the US State Depart­ment and the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Amer­i­can States.

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