VENEZUELA’S MADURO TO CLOSE ALL-POWERFUL NATIONAL CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY


20/12/2020




Görkem ŞEKEROĞLU -TDO- Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly, a pro-government legislature created in 2017 that was widely criticised for weakening democracy, will cease to exist by the end of the year.

President Nicolas Maduro said the assembly, known as the ANC, is no longer required after the December 6 elections that will bring a new parliament dominated by ruling Socialist Party legislators.

Maduro in 2017 supported the creation of the ANC despite months of opposition protests that caused the deaths of more than 100 people.

The all-powerful institution was officially designated to reform the constitution, but in practice ended up replacing the opposition-controlled legislature.

 “The main objective of this National Constituent Assembly was to restore the peace of the republic, internal security, national union and the stability of the country," President Nicolas Maduro said in a ceremonial session. "And today I can say, National Constituent Assembly, mission accomplished."

The opposition had boycotted the election that created the ANC. The United States and Europe had called it the consolidation of a dictatorship and a denial of the democratically elected legislature.

Despite being in existence for three years, the ANC did not reform the constitution. Instead it legislated a large number of measures including an anti-hate law widely used to jail government critics, stripped a group of opposition members of parliament of their immunity and dismissed former Chief Prosecutor Luisa Ortega, who had disagreements with President Maduro.


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