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Caracas, Thursday July 22 , 2004  
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Attorney General's Office admits that Venezuelan government exceeded its authority in enacting Enabling Law

The Venezuelan Attorney General's Office partially admitted that the government of President Hugo Chávez did not meet all of the requirements the National Assembly dictated in connection with an Enabling Law that gave Chávez full powers to enact economy-related laws.

In response to a legal action filed -in December 2001- by the Federation of Trade and Industry Chambers (Fedecámaras), on Wednesday the Attorney General's Office heard the claimants' allegations to request the annulment of 49 decree-laws.

 Public prosecutor Alicia Monagas said that during the process of drafting and enacting the 49 laws, the Executive Power did not seek consultations with the sectors concerned, as set forth in Articles 206 and 211 of the Venezuelan Constitution.

 Monagas proposed the judges of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ) Iván Rincón (reporting judge for the case), Jesús Eduardo Cabrera, José Delgado Ocando, Antonio García García, and Pedro Rondón Haaz to hear the case.


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