CARACAS, Wednesday January 09, 2013 | Update

Opposition legislators rebut top court decision on Chávez's swearing-in

Venezuela's opposition lawmaker Vestalia Sanpedro remarked that opposition deputies have declared a "state of emergency," adding that the decision of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice concerning President Hugo Chávez's no-show at his swearing-in ceremony would be thoroughly reviewed

Opposition deputies declare state of emergency (Photo: TV screen capture)
Wednesday January 09, 2013  06:46 PM
Venezuela's opposition lawmaker Vestalia Sanpedro claimed that the ruling of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ) concerning reelected President Hugo Chávez's failure to attend his swearing-in ceremony to be held next January 10 proves nothing but "the lack of independent branches of government in Venezuela."

She described the top court ruling as "ready-made," and voiced concern that the decision failed to define the duration of Chávez's absence.

Sanpedro remarked that opposition deputies have declared a "state of emergency," and asserted that the top court decision would be fully reviewed by different constitutional lawyers. She added that the relevant legal actions would be filed later in order to advocate the rule of law and the Constitution.

The opposition deputy indicated that the opposition aims at guaranteeing the protection of the citizens' rights. However, she underscored that in order to avoid any "unwise move," the opposition legislators would offer a press conference on Thursday. "We want to be serious and responsible" with respect to the issue, Sanpedro stated. 

Gagging Twitter users

Pablo Jiménez Guaricuco was summarily dismissed from his Clerk III job at the Autonomous Service of Public Registries and Notaries' Offices (Saren). He read a notice published in a newspaper on November 5 informing the public that he was no longer employed to the Saren. He was sacked despite the fact that he was taking a leave of absence from work due to a work-related accident, and that he enjoyed security of employment under the parental job-immunity privilege. Most probably, the decision was influenced by his role as a union organizer. But what did he do, besides leading protests, to deserve the sack? Well, he allegedly sent off a series of tweets that definitely hurt the sensitivity of the Saren Directorate.

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