Venezuelan Dictator Blasts Interim President for Extending National Assembly’s Period

Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro said on Monday night that the move by interim President Juan Guaido of extending the opposition-controlled National Assembly to extend its term into next was “criminal and unconstitutional” and called on the country’s regime-controlled justice tribunal to “do its work.”

Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro said on Monday night that the move by interim President Juan Guaido of extending the opposition-controlled National Assembly to extend its term into next was “criminal and unconstitutional” and called on the country’s regime-controlled justice tribunal to “do its work.” 

“In the face of unconstitutional claims to self-proclaim term extensions that are not warranted, we trust that our justice system will do its job with an iron fist,” the socialist said in a state television appearance with members of the military.

The National Assembly, overseen by opposition leader Juan Guaido, has declared the December 6th parliamentary elections in which allies of Maduro’s ruling socialist party won a majority as “illegitimate”, and over the weekend voted to prolong its mandate.

The National Assembly’s move to extend its term comes as dozens of legislators facing criminal investigation for alleged crimes like treason have fled Venezuela. Others have expressed unwillingness to continue serving in congress due to what they describe as persecution by the Maduro regime.


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