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Venezuela lawmakers propose legal action against President Maduro

 

Source – AP — Government supporters on Sunday interrupted a special congressional session where lawmakers were discussing bringing legal charges against President Nicolas Maduro.

Dozens of red-shirted protesters who had chanted outside the capital since the morning burst into the building in the afternoon. Lawmakers ran out of the path of the protesters, who marched onto the floor chanting in support of the socialist government.

Pro-government supporters force their way into the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. The government supporters interrupted a special congressional session where lawmakers were discussing bringing legal charges against President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Pro-government supporters force their way into the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. The government supporters interrupted a special congressional session where lawmakers were discussing bringing legal charges against President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Opposition lawmakers had been debating ways to strike back after a court on Thursday killed their chances for staging a recall referendum to throw out President Nicolas Maduro this year.

Lawmaker Julio Borges says the opposition-held congress is now in open rebellion against a government it says has no respect for the constitution.

Lawmaker Julio Borges speaks as National Assembly President Henry Ramos speaks during a special session at the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. Venezuela lawmakers gathered at a special session to debate ways to strike back after a court on Thursday killed their chances for staging a recall referendum to throw out President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Lawmaker Julio Borges speaks as National Assembly President Henry Ramos looks on during a special session at the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. Venezuela lawmakers gathered at a special session to debate ways to strike back after a court on Thursday killed their chances for staging a recall referendum to throw out President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Legislators at the Sunday session were to debate a variety of measures to force a political change, including an effort to replace national elections officials and Supreme Court judges, and a move to take legal action against Maduro for what they call his disregard of constitutional order.

It was not immediately clear how the protesters entered the heavily guarded building.

Socialist party leader Jorge Rodriguez called on the protesters to leave, and they began to file out after a few minutes. The special session was suspended briefly and resumed after order was re-established.

Lawmakers stand as a group of government supporters force their way into the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. Government supporters interrupted a special congressional session where lawmakers were discussing bringing legal charges against President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Lawmakers stand as a group of government supporters force their way into the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. Government supporters interrupted a special congressional session where lawmakers were discussing bringing legal charges against President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

A decision to take legal action against Maduro would throw the country further into a constitutional crisis and would probably not prevail because the administration controls the courts and other major institutions.

Last week’s ruling suspending the recall vote drew condemnation from the US State Department and the Organization of American States.

One Response to Venezuela lawmakers propose legal action against President Maduro

  1. Phil October 23, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    That is a beautiful country but good governance is lacking. All Maduro – short for mad burro. needs to do is reoprn the country to foreign investment, the rest eill follow. Education, health, manufacturing the whole lot. their economy will recover.

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