Caracas, March 16: A day after launching major military exercises, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has been awarded special legislative powers in response to a decree issued by his US counterpart Barack Obama, Spanish news agency Efe reported.
During an address to thousands of lawmakers outside the presidential palace on Sunday, Maduro received parliament’s authorisation to govern by decree. The so-called “anti-imperialist” law was passed in the second and fil discussion by the ruling majority. It gives Maduro the power to write bills and approve laws without prior or subsequent contest by the legislators.
The measure was approved by the tiol Assembly after a parliamentary debate, followed by thousands of government supporters gathering outside the parliament and presidential palace.
On March 9, President Obama declared Venezuela a tiol threat under a US law ected in December.
The US leader’s executive order also effected and expanded sanctions against certain Venezuelan officials, accused of human rights violations during anti-government protests in Venezuela in 2014. The protests, which Maduro claims were part of a US-backed coup attempt, resulted in the deaths of 43 people. Opposition lawmakers, who voted against the proposal, called the move a power grab. (IANS)