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PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION | Opposition legislators

Dissenters convene rally to reject top court's ruling

Venezuela's opposition asserts that the ruling issued on January 9 by the Constitutional Court, Supreme Court of Justice, "is against the Constitution and undermines the State's democratic order"

The lawmakers said they respect the ruling but do not agree with it (Photo: TV screen capture)
EL UNIVERSAL
Thursday January 10, 2013  04:06 PM
Venezuela's opposition legislators signed a document rebutting the Supreme Court of Justice's decision that, on the grounds of administrative continuity, ruled that the president-elect's inauguration is "unnecessary."

Deputy Miriam de Montilla, who read out the document, said that the ruling issued on January 9 by the Constitutional Court of Venezuela's higher court "runs counter to the Constitution and undermines the State's democratic order."

Upon this decision, "We, Venezuelans, will be ruled by officials that will hold the Executive Office until the supervened reason that prevents the president-elect from coming to the National Assembly is over," the deputy remarked. She added that the ruling has "completely disregarded the concept of temporary absence and established conditions that are not set forth in the Constitution and which authorize an indefinite absence of the president."

"The Executive Office will be in the hands of the vice-president and other officials, who have not been by any means elected the people's vote. Their term in office expires today (January 10) as well as that of the president of Venezuela," the statement read. 

Montilla stressed that the deputies of the opposition Unified Democratic Panel (MUD) do respect the ruling but do not agree with it. They believe that the top court's construction of the constitution generates greater uncertainty in the country. 

"We will fight for the reinstatement of the Constitution for as long as necessary," the deputy noted.

The opposition deputies seized the opportunity to convene a rally on January 23 in defense of democracy and the Constitution.

Translated by Jhean Cabrera
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