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Venezuelan top court declares 11 laws unconstitutional

The controversy began in January 2016 when the Electoral Chamber of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ) claimed the Venezuelan Congress had disregarded ruling No. 260 by getting three lawmakers sworn in

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29 de diciembre de 2016 08:30 AM

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Venezuelan top court declares 11 laws unconstitutional 

Out of fifteen laws passed by the Venezuelan National Assembly (AN), 11 were declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ), on the basis of contempt of court by the opposition-controlled Congress after the swearing in of three lawmakers.


According to a report posted on the Congress website page, many of the laws were rejected upon the request of President Nicolás Maduro “for not agreeing with their content.” Others were rendered “null and unconstitutional” by the TSJ Electoral Chamber “on the basis of contempt of court.”


The controversy began in January 2016 when the Electoral Chamber claimed the Congress had disregarded ruling No. 260 by having the three lawmakers sworn in.


Among the laws, the Congress enacted a Law on food and Medicines Bonus for Retired people and Pensioners, which is at the discretion of the government “until economic viability is possible.” Add to this, a law regulating the use of cell phones in prisons, which is the only legal instrument in force after being published in the Official Gazette.


The Comptroller’s Office Law, the organic law that reserves to the Venezuelan State gold exploration and exploitation and related activities, among others were also rejected.


With reporting by Alicia de la Rosa

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