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Santos: What happened in Venezuela to governors is abuse of authority

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos opined that if what happened in Venezuela had occurred in Colombia, the State Council would have taken action to prevent it

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24 de octubre de 2017 05:13 AM

Actualizado el 27 de octubre de 2017 06:46 AM

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Santos: What happened in Venezuela to governors is abuse of authority

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Monday that in Venezuela “the maximum abuse of authority” took place after the government of President Nicolás Maduro forced four opposition state governors to be sworn in by the National Constituent Assembly (ANC).

“I was thinking about our neighbors because today (Monday, October 23), they (the Venezuelan government) forced the state governors elected by the opposition to take office before the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), which was illegally elected. That is the maximum abuse of authority,” President Santos said.

According to President Santos, if what happened in Venezuela had occurred in Colombia, the State Council would have taken action to prevent it, Efe quoted.
 
“Power should have limits and limitation of such power is what ensures the liberties of citizens in general and prevents the government from being tempted out of its authority,” the Colombian president reasoned.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro reported on Monday that he acknowledged the four state governments elected for the opposition. However, as a precondition to take office, they should be sworn in by the ANC.

The four governors are members of opposition Acción Democrática (AD) party, the leader of which is former Congress Speaker and Deputy of the National Assembly (AN), Henry Ramos Allup. AD is one of the major parties to the opposition coalition Unified Democratic Panel (MUD).

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