CARACAS, Friday March 21, 2014 | Update

Maduro threatens to use the law against mayors messing with the gov't

Nicolás Maduro claims to have evidence against Chacao opposition Mayor Ramón Muchacho

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro (Miraflores press office)
Friday March 21, 2014  12:23 PM
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has entrusted Minister of the Interior and Justice Miguel Rodríguez Torres with the task of taking over local police in San Diego municipality in central Carabobo state.

The decision was announced one day after the Constitutional Court, Supreme Tribunal of Justice of Venezuela sentenced San Diego Mayor Enzo Scarano to prison for ten and a half months, and ordered his removal from office.

"For any mayor messing with the Government, the law will be there. Wherever the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ) finds contempt, and any right-wing fascist mayor is imprisoned, an election will be held. Did you not want an election? There you go!" said the president in a live TV broadcast.

Further on, Maduro referred to Chacao opposition Mayor Ramón Muchacho. The president pledged that "if by means of the evidence collected, the Supreme Tribunal of Justice happens to make a decision, you will have to step down from the mayoralty, and then we will convene a new election so that the citizens of Chacao can have a male or female mayor standing in for them."