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OAS asks Venezuelan gov't not to interfere in Congress board appointment

In a communiqué, the OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro stressed that any interference in the appointment of the Venezuelan Congress by the Executive Office or the Judiciary means full disregard of the essential democratic principles: separation and independence of powers

OAS top representative Luis Almagro

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28 de diciembre de 2016 07:55 AM

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OAS asks Venezuelan gov't not to interfere in Congress board appointment

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, called on the Venezuelan Executive Office not to interfere in the appointment of the opposition-led Congress authorities, warning that it would be “one more step towards the consolidation of an authoritarian regime.”


“Any interference in the appointment of the AN (National Assembly) by the Executive Office or the Judiciary means full disregard of the essential principles of democracy, namely separation and independence of powers,” Almagro said in a communiqué.


According to the document, posted on Twitter by Almagro, interference from other powers in the Congress internal procedures would put “aside the legitimacy the Venezuelan people granted to the AN.”


The Venezuelan National Assembly prepares to designate its new board on January 5, 2017. Such move is to be a handover of power agreed between the Congress current President Henry Ramos Allup and lawmaker Julio Borges, two leaders of different political parties gathered in the opposition alliance Unified Democratic Panel (MUD).


The opposition political forces hold the Legislature for the first time in 17 years of Chavista government.
The Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ), accused by the opposition of being at the government service, declared the Congress in contempt of court as a consequence of the swearing-in of three anti-government lawmakers despite the fact that their election was suspended for alleged fraud, AFP reported.


For their part, lawmakers of the pro-government minority claimed they would disregard the new legislative board.

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