Op­po­si­tion tar­gets high court judges who un­der­cut pow­ers

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

CARACAS | Venezuela’s op­po­si­tion­con­trolled Congress is mov­ing to of­fi­cially cen­sure the seven Supreme Court judges who is­sued a rul­ing last week nul­li­fy­ing the law­maker body.

Op­po­si­tion law­mak­ers be­gan the process on Wed­nes­day. The court rolled back its ini­tial de­ci­sion over the week­end af­ter three days of po­lit­i­cal tumult. But op­po­si­tion lead­ers say that is not enough.

Any de­ci­sion congress reaches will be purely sym­bolic, as it has been neutered by the rul­ing So­cial­ist Party of Pres­i­dent Nicolas Maduro and does not have the power to ac­tu­ally re­place judges. Law­mak­ers said Wed­nes­day that the judges must be re­called be­cause they sup­ported an at­tempted coup. So­cial­ist lead­ers fired back that it was law­mak­ers who were at­tempt­ing a “con­gres­sional coup.”

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