Venezuela’s high court moves to expand power as opposition fears dictatorship

President Nicols Maduro is now the national assembly, speaks assemblys commander after courtroom patterns it can premise congressional duties

Venezuelas supreme court has ruled that it can take over responsibilities assigned to congress in what dissidents of President Nicols Maduro say is part of an attempt to install a tyranny in the South American country.

In a decision late Wednesday night, the magistrates said that as long as lawmakers remain in contempt of past court rulings repealing the laws and regulations coming out of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, the state supreme court can premise congressional duties itself. The tribunals decisions have consistently backed the government.

Julio Borges, the general assembly chairperson, said that while past decisions had stripped strength from congress, this move permits Maduro to rule by fiat. Several opposition leaders called for a new round of street demonstrations.

Maduro is now the National Assembly, he told The Associated Press. Its one thing to try and build a tyranny and another to accomplished the circuit.

It was not immediately clear, however, what practical blow the ruling will have.

Maduro has penitentiary tallies of dissidents and ridden roughshod over lawmakers abilities ever since the resist wiped congressional polls by a landslide in 2015 and immediately set out to remove the progressive commander from department through a recollection referendum. The state supreme court a year ago published an lineup automatically nullifying the laws and regulations coming out of congress, and earlier this week it moved to limit lawmakers exemption from prosecution.

But foreign governments are increasingly decrying the alteration toward tyrannical, one-party govern. Earlier this week, envoys from the hemisphere gathered at the Organization of American States in Washington to debate whether to punish Maduro for smashing the democratic lineup and rule of law.

There was no consensus on a proposal by OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro to dangle Venezuela, but the tension-filled session ended with a obligate by 20 nations to closely monitor the situation and take steps to ensure the government engages in dialogue.

A smaller group of 14 governments, including the US, has called for immediate elections to resolve the stalemate.

Wednesdays surprise ruling stanch from congress refusal to authorize a seam venture with private business by Venezuelas state-run oil company. The authority, struggling to overcome pervasive deficits and triple-digit inflation, has been alleged that lawmakers are being obstructionist by refusing to sign off on its budget and other key economic decisions.

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